Man gets probation for sex crimesA Goodhue man convicted of two felony sex crimes will serve out his sentence on probation and 22 days in jail.
By: Mike Longaecker The Republican Eagle, Worthington Daily Globe
A Goodhue man convicted of two felony sex crimes will serve out his sentence on probation and 22 days in jail.
Miguel Angel Ramirez, 21, will spend up to 15 years on probation, First District Court Judge Kevin Mark decided Thursday at a sentencing hearing.
Ramirez pleaded guilty Oct. 17 to third-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct. According to terms of a plea agreement, those charges will be dropped from his permanent record if he successfully completes probation.
"You've been given a considerable break," Mark told Ramirez through an interpreter.
The sentence included 90 days in jail - with credit for 68 days already served - a $200 fine, restitution, no contact with the victims or any female minors.
Ramirez admitted in November 2007 to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. He was released from jail under orders to stay away from juvenile females.
Five weeks later, he was arrested again after a 17-year-old girl said Ramirez simulated a sex act on her at an underage drinking party.
A woman speaking on behalf of the victims scorned Ramirez, saying if it was up to her, he would be in prison for years.
His relationship with the younger victim began when she was 14, she said. During that time, Ramirez - then 20 - told her he was 17 the girl said through a written impact statement.
"I fell in love with his lies," the girl said through the statement.
Assistant Goodhue County Attorney Erin Kuester said the plea agreement was not optimal, but it was necessary to bring closure to the case - a key element for the victims, she said.
Kuester said it is critical that, when free, Ramirez abide the agreement.
"It is so important that Mr. Ramirez to stay away from those girls and young girls in our community," she said.
Ramirez had no statement for the court when prompted by Mark.