The third of three Willmar men accused in a 2017 gang rape was sentenced late last week. The West Central Tribune reported that all three were sentenced to a stay of adjudication in Kandiyohi County District Court. The stay means their felony convictions for third-degree criminal sexual conduct could be purged if they comply with the terms of their probation.
Sentenced on Thursday was 20-year-old Sergio Jesus Moreno-Leiva, who was ordered to serve 10 days in jail and five years probation. He was also ordered to pay $685 in fines and court fees. Similar sentences were previously handed down to 20-year-old Alex Omar Valdivieso Chavez and 19-year-old Jesse Jose Lopez. All three had originally been charged in juvenile court, and one by one they were referred to adult court, where they pleaded guilty.
According to court records, the 14-year-old girl was walking home from summer school when a vehicle with people she knew picked her up and took her to one of the men’s home. She was allegedly provided alcohol and taken to a bedroom, where Lopez and Moreno-Leiva allegedly held her down and took her clothes off while the three men sexually assaulted her. She reported that one of the men referred to the scene as a “one-time opportunity.”