A Paterson man was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 22-month-old child.
42-year-old Jose Ramos is accused of assaulting the young child in a bedroom in his Paterson home. According to the Passaic County Prosecutor, Mr. Ramos was caring for the victim and her 7-year-old sister at his home when the assault occurred.
Authorities indicated that the children’s mother has left the two (2) children with Mr. Ramos while she ran errands.
The prosecutor said that a preliminary medical evaluation diagnosed the victim with sexual abuse and abdominal trauma.
One (1) day after the alleged assault, police officers arrested Mr. Ramos. Authorities also executed a search warrant and seized evidence from Mr. Ramos’ home.
Mr. Ramos has been charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault, second degree sexual assault, and second degree endangering the welfare of a child, in addition to other related charges.
In New Jersey, aggravated sexual assault is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a. As set forth by the statute, aggravated sexual assault is a first degree crime, punishable by a term of incarceration of between 10 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. And because the No Early Release Act (NERA) applies to a conviction for first degree aggravated assault, Mr. Ramos would have to serve at least 85% of any sentence he receives before becoming eligible for parole.
Mr. Ramos was arraigned in Passaic County Superior Court. He remains in Passaic County Jail on $200,000.00 bail.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Paterson Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault of 22-Month-Old Child.”