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Willmar, Minn., man pleads to first-degree count for molesting girls

WILLMAR -- Jose Luis Ramos, 54, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a first-degree charge of criminal sexual conduct for molesting two young girls over a period of several years.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, eight additional counts, seven felonies and one gross misdemeanor, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced July 8.

Ramos had been scheduled for a two-day jury trial next week before District Judge Donald M. Spilseth.

According to the complaint, the investigation 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, took place at a Willmar residence.

A now 17-year-old girl also reported that Ramos abused her at a Willmar residence from the time she was 7 to age 16. 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.

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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