WINDOM — A Windom man was charged last week with felony-level first-degree criminal sexual conduct related to an Aug. 13 incident in the city of Windom.

Jose Narciso Leyva-Chavez, 60, of Windom, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Fifth Judicial District Court in Cottonwood County on Oct. 26.

According to the criminal complaint, Leyva-Chavez had offered to give an individual a ride home from work. Rather than take the person directly home, he allegedly drove to Mountain Lake and then on to St. James to take the person to a restaurant. Upon arriving back in Windom, Leyva-Chavez allegedly began speaking aggressively and told the victim to kiss him. When the victim said no, he forced the victim to kiss. Leyva-Chavez then allegedly took the victim to the basement of his residence and forcefully sexually assaulted the victim. Afterwards, he took the victim home.

The victim reported being in a lot of pain, was crying a lot and didn’t know what to do. After 12 days, the victim reported the crime to a coworker. The victim was then seen by a medical doctor and diagnosed with herpes simplex and lesions. The victim also met with an investigator at the Southwest Crisis Center.

On Oct. 14, Leyva-Chavez was placed under arrest at the Law Enforcement Center. He initially denied knowing the victim, then allegedly admitted to taking the individual out for supper, returning to Windom, hugging in his truck and having what he said was consensual sex in his basement. Leyva-Chavez also denied having any STD’s, and said he did not wear a condom. He also allegedly admitted asking the victim if the victim was scared about being kidnapped, but told the investigator it was just a joke.

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If convicted, Leyva-Chavez faces up to 30 years imprisonment and/or a $40,000 fine.

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 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org.