St. George man charged with 10 felony counts of sexual abuse

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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.

Jose Antonio Paredes, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Feb. 24, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Jose Antonio Paredes, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Feb. 24, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

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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  • RealMcCoy February 26, 2016 at 9:47 am

    We need more of these like minded folk integrating into our neighborhoods. Don’t forget- they’re only here for a better life.

    • .... February 27, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Yeah tell us all about it RealMcStupid. go home we don’t want your kind here

  • sagemoon February 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Scum bag.

  • Vernon February 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    While in no way attempting to excuse this individual’s reported actions, it should be noted that scientific studies based on legitimate empirical evidence do not support the mass hysteria and moral panic that currently surrounds all sexually expressed child/older person relationships, which are invariably cast as “child molestation/child sex abuse/pedophilia.” As masturbation and homosexuality were demonized in the past, these irrational emotional responses are based on ignorance and fear, and are promoted by agenda-driven “victimological” academics who argue that all such relationships are intrinsically pervasively harmful. But is this supposed harm intrinsic to the interaction, or does it instead result from the social hysteria that occurs when such a relationship is discovered? Also, there are no legitimate data supporting intrinsic harmfulness, and no credible pathway or mechanism for such harm has been demonstrated. For further discussion, see

    There are indeed some people who trick or force children into unwanted sexual interactions. But there are vast differences between consensual sexually expressed child/older person relationships and unilateral “child sexual abuse” by an older person. For a scientific journal discussion of these distinctions as they apply to boys, go to

    For more discussion of “pedophilia” in a scientific journal, go to

    For an even more in-depth discussion of these issues, go to

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