A Morris man originally accused of eight felony counts of criminal sexual conduct has pleaded guilty to one of those charges, though it is unlikely he will ever serve his sentence. On Thursday, December 27, in Stevens County Court, thirty-nine year old Cruz Mar Del- Angel pleaded guilty to a single 1st Degree charge of criminal sexual conduct; the original charges detailed Del-Angel’s repeated sexual assaults of a minor female over a period of several years.
Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan notes the plea agreement calls for 20 years probation, participation in a sex offender treatment program, and Del-Angel would be required to register as a sex offender. Jordan notes, “alcohol was a component of the offense,” and the plea agreement details Del-Angel’s mandatory participation in an alcohol abuse program.
Del-Angel, who was residing in the United States as an immigrant, has been flagged by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), following criminal charges filings. Jordan says, “One of the things that’s unique with this case is that his immigration status is temporary, so likely, what will happen is, he’s going to get sentenced and will probably be deported immediately.”
Jordan says Del-Angel will likely be sentenced in about 30 days. At that time, the court will officially accept his plea of “guilty.” The court has not yet set a sentencing date.