Former cop found not guilty on sex charges
By 02/01/2007 00:00:00
WAXAHACHIE - Former Dallas Police Office Joe Rudy Ramos Jr. has been cleared of one felony charge against him, but is still waiting for his next trial.
A jury in the 40th District Court found Ramos not guilty of indecency with a child by contact on Jan. 23.
Ellis County District Attorney officials offered Ramos 10 years probation before the trial began, but he refused, according to records stored at the District Clerk's office.
Last June an Ellis County grand jury indicted Ramos on the two charges, indecency with a child by contact and aggravated sexual assault of a child, stemming from two separate incidents which allegedly occurred at Ramos' Waxahachie home. Indictment records claimed Ramos was accused of trying to arouse himself sexually by engaging in sexual conduct with a girl under 17 years old in March 2006. The second charge seems from an alleged incident in October 2005 during which Ramos supposedly performed oral sex on a boy younger than 14 years old.
Ramos, a nine-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, was fired in early July after being indicted.
Paperwork in Ramos' court files showed his attorney Phillip Hayes requested a copy of a videotape taken of one of the children when they were being interviewed about the incidents.
'The child may have given conflicting statements concerning the alleged activity,' Hayes stated.
'There is a likelihood that the witness' subjective memory of events has been tainted, distorted or otherwise affected.'
Reports from the Medical Center of Arlington stated on July 11, 2006 Ramos was transported to the hospital after taking 30 Ambien pills, 15 Ultracet pills and a few Zanax. The report also states he was found in his running vehicle with the garage door closed.
Ramos was released from the Arlington hospital three days later. Hayes was unable to be reached for comment.
Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson said he didn't know why the jury found Ramos not guilty, but noted the other case was still pending.
No date has been set for Ramos' second trial.