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Willmar man sentenced to 99 years of probation, stayed prison time for sexual assaults

Stevie Turrubiates

WILLMAR — A Willmar man received a stayed prison term but must serve 99 years of probation after he was sentenced Wednesday on two charges of felony criminal sexual conduct.

Stevie Turrubiates, 34, had faced five criminal sexual conduct charges, all felonies, in Kandiyohi County District Court. He pleaded guilty to two charges in June. The other three were dismissed when he was sentenced.

Turrubiates pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct for having repeated sexual contact with a juvenile when he was in a position of authority over her and to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sex with a woman after he had drugged her.

The assaults on the girl occurred from December 2014 through May 2015, according to court documents. The assaults came to light in 2017 when the girl told a mandated reporter about the incidents. The girl told authorities that he encouraged her to take pain pills she had received for a sports injury. The pills made her sleepy, and he then came into her bedroom to touch and kiss her.

Court documents say the assault on the woman occurred when she blacked out after drinking an open container of fruit juice Turrubiates had given her. That incident happened during the same timeframe as the assaults on the juvenile.

On the second-degree charge, Turrubiates received a stay of imposition of sentence, which means the charge could be converted to a misdemeanor conviction on his record if he successfully completes 25 years of supervised probation. He was sentenced to 210 days in jail and given credit for 210 days already served.

On the fourth-degree charge, Turrubiates received a 36-month prison sentence which was stayed for 10 years. He was ordered to serve 99 years on probation in that charge.

The terms of probation include registering as a predatory offender, participating in a sex offender treatment program and not possessing alcohol, drugs or firearms. He also must notify his probation officer within 72 hours if he has contact with law enforcement, is charged with a new crime or changes his address, job or phone number.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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