St. George man arrested on charges of 1st-degree felony rape

St. George Police vehicles | File photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A St. George man was arrested Thursday for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl.

On Sept. 17, officers responded to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George on a report of an alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.

Ricky Vincente Gonzales, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 20, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Ricky Vincente Gonzales, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 20, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The juvenile told investigators that she had been raped by 21-year-old Ricky Vincente Gonzales on Sept. 16, the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement. The juvenile said she had not consented to having sex with Gonzales.

“The (alleged) victim also had text messages from Ricky (Gonzales) after the incident apologizing for what he had done,” the officer wrote in the statement.

As the investigation developed, Gonzales was interviewed by investigators on Oct. 20 at the St. George Police Department. Gonzales was read his Miranda Rights and agreed to talk to authorities.

“Ricky (Gonzales) admitted to having sex with the (17-year-old) female and that it was not consensual,” the officer wrote. “Ricky state he messed up and was sorry for what he had done.”

Gonzales was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Gonzales of first-degree felony rape.

Judge G. Michael Westfall, of the 5th District Court, ordered $10,000 bail for Gonzales’ release pending trial.

Gonzales was found indigent by the court during his initial court appearance Friday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Larry Meyers. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance Oct. 31.

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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