Frederick man gets three years for having sex with girl

Posted: April 19, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A Frederick County man who had sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison.

Jose Miguel Diaz-Ramos, 22, of the 100 block of Little River Drive, appeared in Frederick County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to four counts of carnal knowledge.

He was sentenced as part of a plea agreement with the Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

In addition to the prison time, Diaz-Ramos will serve five years on supervised probation and must register as a sex offender.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis J. McLoughlin, who proffered evidence of the case to the court, said that Diaz-Ramos and the girl were found to have had sexual relations at least 14 times from May 1 to July 14, 2012.

A search warrant filed last July in Frederick County Circuit Court states that the victim’s father reported that he found several text messages on his daughter’s cellphone that led him to believe she and Diaz-Ramos had sexual contact.

According to the warrant, an interview was conducted with the girl, who confirmed several occasions in which she engaged in sexual contact with Diaz-Ramos.

“The child stated that she informed Diaz-Ramos that she was [14, not 13], and he indicated that it ‘didn’t matter’ to him,” the warrant states.

The girl told investigators that the two communicated via Facebook and text messaging to establish “meet” location and times.

“The child indicated that there was one occasion since summer break started ... in which Diaz-Ramos picked her up in the area of her residence and drove her back to his residence,” the warrant states.

The victim described Diaz-Ramos’ residence as the “Chefs House,” and it was later discovered several employees of a restaurant live there.

The girl described to investigators a sexual encounter she had with Diaz-Ramos in his bedroom.

“The child also confirmed a conversation that was initially reported by the father,” the document states. “She stated that Diaz-Ramos told her that he could ‘kidnap her’ and take her back to his ‘home country.’”

The victim believes Diaz-Ramos is from Colombia, according to the warrant.

After executing the warrant, officers seized condoms, a cellphone, a hard drive, a smoking device with residue, plastic bag of bathsalts, a laptop and brown silk sheets from the residence.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com