A Salinas man faces more than a decade in prison after he pled guilty to numerous felony charges for various assaults on a minor with whom he lived, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced on Friday. Ignacio Ramirez, 22, pled guilty to three felony counts of assault with deadly weapons – which are strike offenses – as well as three felony counts of spousal battery, false imprisonment, and eight felony counts of oral copulation with a minor, the district attorney’s office said. Ramirez was ordered to serve 13 years and eight months in state prison for his offenses, the attorney’s office said. He is also required to register as a sex registrant for the rest of his life due to the felony oral copulation charges. The charges the young man faced stem from a long-term relationship Ramirez had with the victim in the case, which became sexual when she was 12 years old and he was 16 years of age, Flippo’s office said. The victim was still a minor when she gave birth to Ramirez’s child, and she moved in with him from February 2007 until March 2008, the office said. Ramirez was 19 years old at that time. Ramirez assaulted the victim in January and February 2008, the office said. The weapons in the assaults included a box cutter, a belt with a buckle, and a phone cord, they said. Ramirez also at one point forcibly confined the victim inside a closet and assaulted her with his hands and feet, as well as injuring her with a lit cigarette, the district attorney’s office said. While the victim lived with Ramirez, she was also made to orally
copulate him, the attorney’s office said. The investigation the led to Ramirez’s arrest and eventually guilty plea was conducted by Salinas police Officer Kenneth Ellsworth and two investigators from the district attorney’s office, Nelda Sanders and Allen Rowe. Ramirez will be sentenced in Department 6 of Monterey County Superior Court at 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2011.
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