Ramirez pleaded guilty to two counts for his role in summertime sex assault
Judge Thomas Groton III sent Ronaldo Emmanuel Ramirez, 20, of Silver Spring to prison for 13 years on Tuesday in Worcester County Circuit Court for raping and filming the assault of an unconscious 17-year-old girl at a hotel during Memorial Day weekend last year.
Ramirez quietly cried when the sentence was issued, and his parents and sister also wiped tears away in the court’s gallery behind him. His attorney, Craig Kadish, asked for the minimum prison time, which is seven years for rape and one year for manufacturing child porn. Groton imposed a 30-year sentence but suspended all but 13 years for the charges and ordered Ramirez to register as a sex offender.
The Ocean City police investigation began last June, when sheriff’s deputies arrested Erick H. Ramirez (no relation) on drug charges and uncovered sexually explicit videos on his phone.
Dozens of videos and photographs showed five men, including Ronaldo Ramirez, undressing the unconscious victim who passed out after a day of drinking, smoking marijuana and taking Xanax pills.