FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man pleaded guilty on Friday to aggravated sexual assault.

Vernon J. Atcitty, 28, will be sentenced to eight years in federal prison and will be required to register as a sex offender afterward, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Atcitty was arrested on Feb. 26 for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on Feb. 22 in Shiprock.

In his guilty plea, he said he took the woman to an abandoned house and forced her to have sex with him by punching and grabbing her and telling her that he would not let her leave the abandoned house, according to the press release.

He has been in federal custody since his arrest.

His sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.