ST. GEORGE – The Washington County Attorney’s Office charged a St. George man Thursday with 10 felony counts of sex crimes relating to a minor.
Jose Antonia Paredes, 36, was charged with five first-degree felony charges for aggravated sex abuse of a child and five second-degree felony charges of forcible sex abuse.
According to the probable cause statement supporting Parades’ arrest Wednesday, St. George Police conducted a three-month investigation on allegations brought by a now 16-year-old female. The alleged victim reported that Parades had sexually touched her regularly over the past four years.
Paredes exercised his Miranda rights choosing to remain silent when questioned by authorities, Detective Greg Baldwin stated in the documents.
Parades was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail. He also has an immigration hold issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, jail staff confirmed Thursday.
Parades initial appearance by video before 5th District Court Thursday afternoon was rescheduled to Friday so that an interpreter could be present.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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