Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Illegal immigrant indicted on child pornography charge

By JOHN HOPKINS, The Virginian-Pilot
© August 9, 2007 | Last updated 11:42 PM Aug. 8


A Chesapeake grand jury has indicted a 19-year-old who police say is an illegal immigrant on a charge of producing child pornography.

Carlos Ramos, of the 3700 block of S. Military Hwy. in Chesapeake, was arrested in May after a Wal-Mart store clerk processed film he had dropped off and that included images of a nude 13-year-old girl, police said. The grand jury, which convened this week, also indicted Ramos on a charge of carnal knowledge.

A clerk at the Wal-Mart on Grassfield Parkway alerted police after processing the pictures. When Ramos arrived at the store to pick up the pictures, police questioned him. Ramos said he had been dating the girl, police said.

The child's mother said she was unaware of any sexual activity between the child and Ramos, police said. The girl admitted to a relationship.

His carnal-knowledge charge stems from a Feb. 15 offense, according to court records.

Police said they discovered during an investigation that Ramos is in the country illegally and contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

His trial is scheduled this month. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison on each felony charge; police said he would serve his sentence, then be deported.

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