Man pleads guilty to two Class A felonies

40-year-old to transfer from local jail to prison in about a month



JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

A 40-year old man was convicted of two Class A felonies on June 28 after taking a plea agreement on April 19. Jose Luis Perez-Morales was charged with second-degree rape and first-degree child molestation and will serve 136 months to life.

Dan LeBeau, Whitman County Chief Deputy Prosecutor, said Perez-Morales has been in the Whitman County Jail since he was arrested in February 2019 for multiple sex offenses which occurred from 2011 to 2013. The victim was 11 years old when the offenses began.

“It is not uncommon for child victims to come forward later when they’re older,” LeBeau said.

LeBeau said Perez-Morales will be transferred to prison by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) in about a month.

After Perez-Morales pleaded guilty, sentencing was postponed for a month while the Washington State DOC underwent a pre-sentencing investigation which occurs for all sex offenses, LeBeau said.

He said the investigation included the Washington State DOC interviewing Perez-Morales, the victim and all reports related to the case.

As part of the plea deal, LeBeau said Perez-Morales will be registered as a sex offender and will have a no-contact order with the victim. In exchange for pleading guilty to the two Class A felonies, other charges including second-degree rape of a child and third-degree rape of a child were dropped.

After serving his full sentence, Perez-Morales has the possibility of parole with lifetime supervision under the Washington State DOC.

Perez-Morales was also denied a Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative (SSOSA) which included serving one year in jail followed by a three-year long intensive treatment program.

Perez-Morales has a minimum of 132 months left to serve.