Local man pleads guilty to sex charge

Victim is a 14-year-old girl; prison term is not an option in this case.
Cary Ashby
Jan 15, 2013

 

A Willard teenager was convicted Monday of having sex with a minor.

Jose Ramirez-Ricardo, 19, of 27 N. Main St., pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony. In exchange, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the state would agree to recommend "community control sanctions," which could include jail time.

Ramirez-Ricardo, a former Plymouth resident, isn't eligible to be sentenced to prison because he has no prior felony convictions. He faces six to 18 months behind bars when he is sentenced Feb. 27. The conviction means Ramirez-Ricardo will be classified as a Tier II sex offender, which means he must register his address every 180 days for the next 25 years.

The Willard Police Department investigated the July 7 incident.

Ramirez-Ricardo "made admissions to police authorities" about having sex with a 14-year-old girl, Woodruff said. It's unknown if the girl knows the defendant, who is out on bond.

Chief Mark Holden has said the girl's parents reported their daughter wasn't where she was supposed to be, but she "was with someone else" when the consensual sex offense happened.

Ramirez-Ricardo was arrested without incident at a Willard traffic stop. An unidentified friend was charged with driving with a suspended license.

Comments

Paranoid Illusion

(scratching head...) Article seems contrdictory in that it states:

1) "Prison term is not an option in this case; isn't eligible to be sentenced to prison because he has no prior felony convictions."

2) "He faces six to 18 months behind bars when he is sentenced Feb. 27."

The dumbing down of American journalism...???

thisbleep

This is because the judge has to tell him what he could face. If u have a f4 or f5 and its ur first felony u are unable to be sentenced to prison because of the Ohio laws. The prisons are too full. They put u on probation and maybe some local jail time. If u violate probation u can get get any where from 6-18 mths in prison at that time.

IXMNU

behind bars does not have to mean prison..could be referring to time in the county jail

Brock Lee

loooooooser