WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man will spend at least eight years in prison for sexually assaulting a juvenile girl younger than 13, which he continued to deny during Monday's sentencing hearing.

Rene Gabriel-Ramos, 22, was sentenced to 12 years in prison — eight of which will be served in prison with the possibility of serving the remaining four years on supervised release. Gabriel-Ramos will be placed on 10 years conditional release minus any time served on supervised release once out of prison.

Gabriel-Ramos was awarded 187 days credit toward that sentence for time he's spent in the Nobles County Jail, where he's been incarcerated since May after a social worker reported the sexual penetration allegations brought to their attention.

Neither the victim nor her parents testified during Monday's sentencing, but state prosecutor Adam Johnson provided statements on their behalf to the court.

Johnson said the mother of the victim said Gabriel-Ramos and another juvenile also accused of assaulting the juvenile girl had always been respectful to her. However, she wanted Gabriel-Ramos held accountable for what she said her daughter will carry forever.

The father's statements delivered by Johnson included that no one but God could judge Gabriel-Ramos, and that everyone makes mistakes.

Fifth Judicial District Judge Christina Wietzema said the facts brought forth at Gabriel-Ramos' August trial trial, which resulted in a jury verdict of guilty, justified executing the presumed sentence.

Gabriel-Ramos was reprimanded back into Nobles County Jail custody immediately following sentencing and was ordered to be transferred to Minnesota Department of Corrections' custody.

The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org