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A man enacting a rape fantasy game with a "victim" he met in an Internet chatroom broke into the wrong apartment and assaulted an innocent woman, CNN reports.

Michael Todd Howard, 35, admitted burglary in a San Diego court after plea bargaining his way out of an intent to commit rape, false imprisonment and possession of illegal drugs rap.

Howard met his intended target on a "rape fantasy" chat site. In September last year, he forced his way into what he believed to be her apartment, and attacked the female occupant. Howard had, however, got his wires crossed. He hit the terrified woman, who fought back by shouting and "attacking his testicles". She testified that she believed she was going to be killed.

Luckily, Howard then asked for her chatroom handle. She protested she had never been in a chatroom and did not even own a computer.

Howard faces one year in jail and probation. He will be sentenced next month. ®

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