Willmar man receives two years probation for window peeping just hours following release from jail
WILLMAR -- Jesus Gabriel "Jesse" Rivera, 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, a $1,000 fine, and two years of probation on a felony charge of interfering with privacy for an incident just four hours aft...
WILLMAR -- Jesus Gabriel "Jesse" Rivera, 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, a $1,000 fine, and two years of probation on a felony charge of interfering with privacy for an incident just four hours after he was released from the county jail.
The sentence was handed down by Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court.
As a condition of the stayed sentence, Rivera was ordered to serve 143 days in jail, with credit for 143 days already served, complete a psychiatric evaluation, comply with his treatment and aftercare recommendations, obey all orders for protection and have no contact with victims of previous and current offenses.
He was also ordered to have no unauthorized entry, intrusion or peeping incidents.
The charge was filed after Willmar police officers were called around 9:20 p.m. March 17 to a home on the city's southeast side.
A person there said they saw a bearded man wearing a hooded sweatshirt peer into their window, attempt to enter their unattached garage and then disappear into the backyard. Police and another man found Rivera in the yard. He said he was looking for a friend and wanted to have a beer with him as he had just gotten out of jail.
Rivera was arrested and taken back to jail. He told officers he was going to the home to see someone he met last summer. He initially denied looking in the window, but later said he was in the area and it was possible he had looked through the window.
The man has a prior conviction of interfering with privacy and was sentenced on that gross misdemeanor charge in December, including two years of probation.
The charge was filed after police were called in May 2007 to a home along Trott Avenue.
A woman there reported that Rivera had entered her home multiple times and touched her while she slept. A man there said he attempted to catch Rivera as he ran away. Rivera was sentenced to probation, a year in jail - which was stayed, and a psychosexual evaluation.
He was also ordered not to come within 100 yards of the home, to stay away from the people involved in the case and not to be in the presence of females without approval of probation and an invitation.
The woman in that case is one of at least three women who have harassment restraining orders against Rivera. Two others, both Realtors, filed for and received harassment restraining orders against Rivera in August 2006 after he repeatedly called one of the women, in an attempt to get her to meet him alone, and exposed himself to the other at a Willmar business.
He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure and was sentenced in May 2007 to a year of probation, 90 days in jail, which was stayed, and a $500 fine.
He was also ordered to stay away from the woman and her place of business in the sentencing order.
Rivera had pleaded guilty earlier on March 17 to a felony charge of motor vehicle theft. That charge stemmed from a Dec. 19 vehicle theft. Police were called to a home along Lakeland Drive, where the owner reported the green 1999 Honda as stolen. An officer stopped the vehicle a few hours later and the driver, Rivera, was arrested.
He was sentenced on April 23 to 17 months in prison, which was stayed, a $1,000 fine and 10 years of probation on that felon charge.
Rivera also has felony convictions on his record for theft by swindle, for writing bad checks to a Willmar business in May 2007; and for burglarizing the Willmar JCPenney store and stealing almost $25,000 in merchandise and possessing drugs in 2005.
He also has numerous misdemeanor convictions for trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.