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* Heraclio Ramirez A Santa Cruz man was arrested on child pornography and molestation charges

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A Santa Cruz man was arrested on child pornography and molestation charges last week, a Santa Cruz police sergeant said today. In the community of Live Oak in unincorporated Santa Cruz County on Wednesday, police pulled over Heraclio Ramirez, 22, for a vehicle code violation at the intersection of Capitola Road and Seventh Avenue.

Police had seen the vehicle in Santa Cruz before pulling him over just past city boundaries, according to police Sgt. David Perry. A 14-year-old girl was riding in the car, police said. Both Ramirez and the girl appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, Perry said. As officers investigated further, they found illicit photos of the girl on Ramirez’s cellphone and determined other illicit photos of the same girl had been taken in the previous two weeks.

Police also found a video of Ramirez engaging in sexual conduct with the 14-year-old girl, Perry said. In a police interview, Ramirez said he knew the girl’s age and engaged in drug use and illicit sexual activity with her multiple times, according to police. Ramirez was arrested and booked into Santa Cruz County jail on suspicion of possession of child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, child molestation, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Perry said.

The 14-year-old girl was booked into the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Her parents were notified of the arrest. The case is still under investigation, Perry said.

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