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Stevens County man pleads guilty to felony criminal sexual conduct

MORRIS - A Stevens County man pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for sexually assaulting a girl multiple times over a two year period.

Cruz Mar Del-Angel, 39, agreed to a plea arrangement with prosecutors to be placed on 20 years probation, participate in a sex offender treatment program, and register as a sex offender.

Under the plea arrangement, Del-Angel would serve no prison time unless he violates the terms of his probation because the law allows for a stay of execution in certain factual situations with the consent of the victim, Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan explained.

Because Del-Angel's immigration status is temporary, it is likely that he will be deported after he is sentenced, Jordan said. Jordan said Del-Angel would likely be sentenced in about 30 days.

Judge Gerald Seibel has not formally accepted the plea agreement yet. Until sentencing, Del-Angel was released under his own recognizance and will be staying at a home provided by his employer. Del-Angel is also required to report to the Stevens County Sheriff's office weekly and have no contact with the victim or the victim's family.

In September, Del-Angel was charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree for incidents that allegedly took place in Stevens County from approximately 2007 through 2010.

According to the complaint, the girl told law enforcement that Del-Angel touched her inappropriately on multiple occasions and forced her to have sex with him once.