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
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
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.