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Forum News Service, Published July 09 2013

Repeat Willmar sex offender gets 13-year sentence

WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man was sentenced Monday to 13 years in prison, plus a 100-year conditional release period, and $3,000 in fines on a first-degree charge of criminal sexual conduct for molesting two young girls over a period of several years.

The charges against Jose Luis Ramos, 54, were filed in February, after an investigation by Willmar police. A now 21-year-old woman reported that Ramos had sexually abused her from the time she was 7 years old to when she was 14. A now 17-year-old girl also reported that Ramos abused her from the time she was 7 to age 16.

Both victims told investigators that Ramos offered them money. Most of the incidents took place in Willmar.

According to the complaint, Ramos was convicted of sexually abusing another girl in 1998.

As part of his sentence handed down Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court, Ramos was ordered to register as a predatory offender. He was given credit for 143 days already served in custody.

As part of an earlier plea agreement, eight additional counts — seven felonies and one gross misdemeanor — were dismissed.