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Windom man charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor

If convicted, Leovel Ulloa Najar faces a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and/or a $30,000 fine.

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WINDOM — Windom resident, Leovel Ulloa Najar, 24, is charged with felony criminal sexual conduct for reportedly engaging in sexual penetration with a minor under the age of 16 while being more than 24 months older than the minor.

The charges are the result of an investigation that began Jan. 24, after a parent reported to a school Resource Officer that their child, the victim, had an older adult male in their bedroom while the rest of the family was gone. They found body spray and used tissues in the victim’s garbage and assumed the man had sex with the victim.

The victim’s sibling said the victim was speaking to a man named “Leo” via Instagram, and later identified the man as Ulloa Najar.

The victim’s laptop, phone and school-issued iPad were provided to law enforcement. The resource officer spoke with the victim, who reportedly confirmed they were having sex with Ulloa Najar, and that they had reportedly had sex in his car several times.

The weekend before, the victim had contacted Ulloa Najar to come over to their Windom residence, where they had sex.

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On Feb. 2, an investigator with the Windom Police Department interviewed Ulloa Najar. Ulloa Najar admitted to knowing the victim, as they sometimes came to the restaurant where he works. Ulloa Najar said that once he learned the victim was a minor, he stopped speaking with the victim because he knows it is a crime. Ulloa Najar indicated he did not know how old the victim was, but that his wife had told him the victim was a minor. Ulloa Najar indicated he had gone to the victim’s house on Jan. 22 but said they were only hugging while he was there.

Ulloa Najar was detained in Cottonwood County, with bail set at $5,000 with all other conditions met. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 15.

If convicted, Ulloa Najar faces a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and/or a $30,000 fine.

Related Topics: CRIMECRIME AND COURTSWINDOM
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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