Local Man Sent to Prison for Distributing Sexual-Explicit Images of Infants
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 28-year-old Corpus Christi man has been ordered to federal prison after admitting to distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Ryan K. Patrick. Randy Michael Ramirez pleaded guilty Jan. 29, 2018.
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced Ramirez to 188 months in federal prison. Additional information was also presented today, including evidence that months before his arrest, Ramirez was communicating with an individual and was attempting to pay the individual to have sexual intercourse with an infant. Ramirez will 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 May 2016, authorities discovered Ramirez was communicating with an undercover detective in Dallas and eventually sent a link which contained 76 videos of child pornography. During the communications, Ramirez told the undercover detective that he had access to a nine-year-old female and a 10-month-old infant that he would offer for sex. Law enforcement was able to locate Ramirez and determined he did not have access to any children. Authorities seized a cellular telephone from Ramirez’s residence which resulted in the discovery of more than 80 images and 12 videos of child pornography. Many of the videos involved sexually explicit conduct with children as young as infants.
At the time of his plea, the court heard that upon his arrest, Ramirez attempted to hide a cellular telephone. Law enforcement was able to locate the device and a forensic analysis revealed an additional 120 images of child pornography.
Ramirez 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 - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez is prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."