A 21-year-old Lake Crystal man was charged with 5 counts of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct in Blue Earth County Court on Friday over allegations that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl. William Marcus Daniel Edwards allegedly convinced the girl to go back to his apartment Tuesday night, but when she resisted his sexual advances and attempted to fight back he reportedly choked the victim until she passed out. Edwards was arrested Wednesday after the girl reported the incident to police, and he has since admitted to having sex with the girl five times that night. He remains in custody in the Blue Earth County Jail, with his next court appearance scheduled for December 6th. He’s facing the possibility of spending up to 30 years in prison.