WORTHINGTON — Mauricio Morales-Morales received a 36-month stayed prison sentence Wednesday in relation to a March 2019 sexual assault case.

The stay of execution means Morales-Morales will not have to spend any more time in jail — where he has been since March 21, 2019 — as long as he follows all the conditions of supervised probation for 10 years. Although he was ordered to serve 350 days of his sentence, Morales-Morales received credit for the 357 days he has been in Nobles County Jail.

"I want to be with my family," Morales-Morales told Fifth Judicial District Judge Terry Vajgrt prior to his sentencing. He said that he's needed to help with the family business because he is the only son.

Assistant County Attorney Braden Hoefert explained that the plea agreement was worked out so that the victim would not have to testify at a trial. Morales-Morales, 22, was arrested last year for sexual assault of a 7-year-old acquaintance, including penetration.

Among the terms of probation is that Morales-Morales is to have no contact with minors.

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.