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Willmar, Minn., man faces 8 felonies, allegedly molested girls for years

WILLMAR — Jose Luis Ramos, 54, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Tuesday on eight felony charges of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly molesting two young girls over a period of several years.

Ramos faces two counts each of first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, plus a gross misdemeanor, fifth-degree charge in Kandiyohi County District Court. Information regarding his bail and next court appearance was not available Tuesday afternoon.

According to the complaint, the in-vestigation began when a now 21-year-old woman reported to Willmar police that Ramos had sexually abused her from the time she was 7 years old to when she was 14 years old. The woman reported that Ramos gave her a dollar or two and told her not to tell anyone. The woman said all of the incidents, except for one that occurred in Chippewa County, happened at a Willmar residence.

A now 17-year-old girl also reported that Ramos had abused her, from the time that she was 7 years old to 16 years old, at various residences in Willmar. She also told the investigator that Ramos offered her money.

According to the complaint, Ramos was convicted of sexually abusing another girl in 1998. Court records show he was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in February 1998, with a stayed prison sentence, 180 days in jail, five years of probation and a $990 fine and was discharged from his probation in March 2003.

Ramos allegedly admitted to the sexual contact with the girls when he was interviewed last week by a Willmar Police Department detective.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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