Austintown woman faces rape charge in child pornography case
An Austintown woman has been charged after police and the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation found sexually explicit images of her with two children and a dog.
The images were found after her boyfriend was arrested last month in Niles in a child-pornography case.
Connie Ramirez, 43, of Meridian Road was arrested Wednesday and arraigned in Mahoning County Court in Austintown on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering obscenity with a minor and possession of criminal tools.
BCI found images and videos on a cellphone of Ramirez with 8- and 9-year-old female relatives and a dog after searching her boyfriend William Brock’s Niles home in July.
Brock was arrested on July 19 and faces multiple charges of child pornography, including pandering obscenity involving a minor, in Trumbull County.
Neighbors of Brock’s said he liked to dress up as Santa Claus.
Brock is being detained in the Trumbull County jail
Ramirez confessed to police that she was the woman in the pictures and videos. During the interview with police, Ramirez admitted rubbing ointment on one child for sexual stimulation, according to an investigative report. She also admitted sending the explicit content to her boyfriend, according to reports.
Several items were seized from her home and are being reviewed for additional evidence.
Ramirez is being detained on a $500,000 bond at the Mahoning County jail.
Austintown police, Niles police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigations.