CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been charged with child pornography charges for allegedly enticing four minors to produce sexually explicit images.
MICHAEL RAMOS, 46, of Chicago, is charged with four counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of an electronic device containing child pornography, according to an indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Ramos is currently detained in federal custody. He pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment before U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.
The indictment was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Robert W. Wheeler, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley Tucker.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Each production count is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a maximum of 30 years. The possession count carries a maximum sentence of ten years. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
If you believe you are a victim of sexual exploitation, you are encouraged to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by logging on to www.missingkids.com or by calling 1-800-843-5678. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you or someone you know may have been a victim of Michael Ramos, email the FBI at: MICHAELRAMOSVICTIMS@FBI.GOV. All responses are voluntary, and all identities of victims will be kept confidential. Victims may be eligible for certain services, restitution, and rights under federal and/or state law.