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Nationwide warrant issued in Worthington criminal sexual conduct case

Ramon Anaya Arce is wanted on charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct after a victim reported multiple instances of sexual abuse.

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WORTHINGTON — A warrant was issued on Friday for a St. Cloud man to face charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for multiple acts with a victim under the age of 13, with whom the perpetrator had a significant relationship.

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Charges originated after a child forensic interview in which the victim disclosed being sexually abused by a family member, identified as Ramon Anaya Arce, 35. During the interview, the victim stated that starting at the age of five and lasting two to three years, Arce would make the victim perform sexual acts in exchange for using his phone.

The victim said this happened multiple times and provided details about Arce’s behavior and actions during the sexual assault. The victim also said Arce would touch himself while looking at the victim, and make the victim lay on the bed with a sheet covering them from the waist up.

At the time of the reported incidents, Arce lived with the victim’s family in a Worthington residence.

The victim stated Arce told them they would get in trouble if the victim told anyone what happened.

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The victim’s mother provided Arce’s name, date of birth and address in St. Cloud. She stated they had seen Arce during Christmas last year, but not since.

Upon investigation, local law enforcement discovered that Arce lived with three juveniles in St. Cloud and made contact with law enforcement there. The St. Cloud department informed officers of a 2019 report in which another juvenile family member had reported being sexually abused by Arce. In reviewing the allegations, Worthington officers found the allegations in both cases to be similar.

The St. Cloud Police Department reportedly responded to Arce's last known address. However, a family member stated that Arce had moved away within the last week and they did not have the means to contact him. St. Cloud police officers searched the residence but were unable to locate Arce.

A nationwide warrant was issued, as Arce’s whereabouts are currently unknown.

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 .

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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