Monterey, CA…Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni announced that a jury found Salinas resident Ignacio Ramirez, age 39, guilty of sexually assaulting three victims. The Honorable Rafael Vazquez presided over the trial.
In December 2018, Jane Doe 1, who was under 14 years old at the time, reported to her school nurse that she was worried that she was pregnant because Ignacio Ramirez, a family member she used to live with, had raped her. Jane Doe 1 stated that Ramirez sexually abused her over 10 times starting when she was 9 years old. Jane Doe 1 attempted to push Ramirez away every time, but she was unable to get him to stop because he was much stronger than she was. Ramirez told her not to tell anyone about the sexual assaults. Ramirez had hit Jane Doe 1, her sister Jane Doe 21, and her mother Jane Doe 3 in the past, so Doe 1 did not tell anyone about the abuse because she feared him.
Upon being contacted by Detective Silva from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Jane Doe 3 also reported that Ignacio Ramirez forcibly raped her on numerous occasions over multiple years. On one occasion, Ramirez forcibly raped Jane Doe 3 days after she had a c-section and was still in pain and bleeding from the surgery. Jane Doe 3 also stated that Ramirez broke into her residence several times to forcibly rape her.
During Detective Silva’s investigation, she also discovered that Ramirez might have sexually abused a third victim. Detective Silva contacted Jane Doe 4, another family member of Ramirez’s, who is now an adult. Jane Doe 4 disclosed that Ramirez sexually assaulted her one time when she was around 10 years old.
(Although Jane Doe 2 did not allege any sexual abuse, her confidentiality is protected because she is a minor.)
he jury found Ignacio Ramirez guilty of 20 felony counts including having sexual intercourse with a minor 10 years of age or younger (Jane Doe 1), forcible rape of a minor under 14 years of age (Jane Doe 1), forcible lewd acts upon a minor under 14 years of age (Jane Doe 1), forcible rape of Jane Doe 3, first degree burglary of Jane Doe 3’s residence, sexual battery by restraint upon Jane Doe 3, and lewd acts upon a minor under 14 years of age (Jane Doe 4). 19 counts are violent felonies and are considered “strikes” under California’s Three Strikes law.
The case was investigated by Detective Sergeant Bryan Hoskins, Detective Rosio Silva, and other detectives from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, as well as District Attorney Investigator Pablo Andrade. Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 4 were supported by District Attorney Victim Advocate Martamaria Rosado. Jane Doe 3 was supported by District Attorney Victim Advocate Estella Sanchez.
Judge Rafael Vazquez will sentence Ramirez on August 17, 2021. Ramirez faces up to 259 years and 8 months to life in state prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.