A Le Sueur man petitioned to plead guilty to sexually penetrating a preteen girl.

Juan Carlos Acevedo II, 28, was charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct for the sexual penetration of a minor.

The victim told the Le Sueur Police Department that Acevedo repeatedly sexually assaulted her between 2016 and 2019 at a Le Sueur residence. The abuse reportedly started at age 12 and when she was 15 years old. Acevedo was 11 years older than her.

The victim also reported that a witness saw Acevedo sexually assaulting her at a St. Peter residence on June or July 2021.

In an interview with police, the witness reported seeing Acevedo on top of the victim in bed with her legs spread apart. They believed something sexual had occurred between Acevedo and the victim.

Law enforcement later made contact with Acevedo at his address. Upon seeing the police, Acevedo was quoted in the criminal complaint saying “I know I screwed up ... I know I fed up and I am really sorry.”

On Nov. 1, Acevedo filed a petition to enter a guilty plea. Under the proposed deal, Acevedo would receive a stay of execution of 144 months and would serve a year in the county jail in exchange. He would face probation of up to 20 years.

The plea also requires Acevedo take a psycho-sexual evaluation and have no contact with several people involved in the case and any other female minors.

Other terms of Acevedo’s probation and sentencing will be determined at the sentencing hearing after his psycho-sexual evaluation is complete.

The petition and guilty plea was accepted by prosecuting attorney Jason Moran.

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