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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 2, 2019

Judge imposes 60-year sentence for man who made images of himself abusing toddlers

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 41-year-old Corpus Christi man has been sent to federal prison following his conviction of producing child pornography, announced U.S. Ryan K. Patrick.

Gerardo Fabian Ramos pleaded guilty Aug. 13.

Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced Ramos to 720 months in prison. At the hearing, the court heard Ramos produced images of himself sexually assaulting two toddlers on multiple occasions. He also drugged their mother to facilitate his crimes. The court also heard from the mother who read a letter explaining how the crime impacted their lives. The father also provided testimony. In imposing the sentence, Judge Jack noted how horrified she was for these children and their families and friends. “Sometimes there is no remedy to right a wrong,” she said. “This is one of those times.” The court also stated that she did not believe there was any sentence long enough to protect the community from Ramos.

The court further ordered Ramos to serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

In March 2019, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) sent a CyberTip to local law enforcement indicating a Corpus Christi user had uploaded an image of child pornography to a popular social media platform. Ranos was that user.

Law enforcement ultimately found hundreds of videos and still images of child pornography in his possession.

Authorities also discovered several images and videos of child pornography Ramos had produced himself and attempted to identify those victims. Some of the images and videos depicted Ramos attempting to vaginally penetrate the victims’ with his penis. 

Ramos has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and NCMEC.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brittany L. Jensen  is prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood(PSC), a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section leads PSC, which marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identifies and rescues victims. For more information about PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources tab on that page.

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Updated December 2, 2019