Austintown suspect in child porn case was a daycare worker
AUSTINTOWN TWP., Ohio- An Austintown woman is jailed on child pornography and rape charges.
Agents with Ohio Attorney General's Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Connie Ramirez, 43, on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering obscenity involving a minor, and possession of criminal tools.
Ramirez was arraigned in Mahoning County Court in Austintown, and is currently in custody at the county jail on $500,000 bond. Ramirez is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
"The evidence our agents found in this case is disturbing, and this is exactly why I formed the Crimes Against Children Unit to go after child predators who think it is acceptable to abuse kids," said Attorney General DeWine.
Agents with the CAC Unit, which is a division of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, began investigating Ramirez after serving a search warrant at the Niles home of William Brock Sr., 832 Mason Street, last month. Agents later traced some of the evidence seized from the home to Ramirez.
According to 21 News archives, Brock introduced himself as Santa Claus to children in his neighborhood.
Brock is in the Trumbull County Jail on charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
Agents served a search warrant at Ramirez's residence, 1790 South Meridian Road, Youngstown, on Tuesday. Several items were seized and are currently being reviewed for additional evidence.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation says Ramirez at one time worked for a local daycare. They say her alleged victim was NOT a child at the facility. The BCI says it's too soon to tell if there are any additional victims.
Officers with the Niles Police Department, Austintown Township Police Department, and Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigations.