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BREAKING NEWS

Wells man facing abuse charges

By Staff | Feb 7, 2011

Jose Luis Perales

A 40-year-old Wells man described by his wife as “an animal” went to the local police station to turn himself in.

According to a court complaint, officer Steven Seipp was dispatched to the Police Department lobby to meet a husband and wife, “who wanted to turn something in.”

When Seipp arrived, a male identified as Jose Luis Perales handed the officer some prescription bottles and told him he would need them in jail.

The complaint says Perales described himself “as a monster” and that he had done terrible things and touched members of his family.

Perales was arrested and is currently in Faribault County Jail.

On Tuesday, he had his first court appearance for six felony criminal sexual conduct charges.

Bail was set at $100,000 without conditions; $50,000 with conditions; or $10,000 cash.

During his investigation, court documents say Seipp interviewed one of Perales’ victims.

The complaint says she told the officer Perales would make her watch porn movies before improperly touching her.

The girl told Seipp Perales one time had been naked with her and they had intercourse.

The girl’s brothers, says the complaint, told the officer that Perales had been doing this for years and he also was abusing family members who live in Sleepy Eye.

Another victim, says the complaint, told authorities that Perales in the last three months forced her to watch porn movies and tried to have sex with her, but she was able to resist.

When questioned, Perales admitted abusing family members in Sleepy Eye and in Wells.

Perales faces four first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The first-degree counts each carry a maximum penalty of 30 years and a $40,000 fine.

The maximum sentence for the second-degree charge is 25 years and a $35,000 fine, while fourth-degree sexual misconduct is punishable by 10 years and a $20,000 fine.