For­mer po­lice dis­patcher makes plea deal in sex abuse case

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Stay Connected - — ROBERT RO­DRIGUEZ

A 45-year-old Fresno man, who worked as a po­lice dis­patcher in Madera, pleaded no con­test on Fri­day to charges he sex­u­ally as­saulted a 17-yearold girl from his church.

Martin Phillip Ramos was sup­posed to be­gin his pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore Judge Ar­lan Har­rell on Fri­day, but pros­e­cu­tor Ni­cole Gal­stan of­fered a plea deal and Ramos took it.

Ramos pre­vi­ously pleaded not guilty to felony oral cop­u­la­tion, pos­ses­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion of child pornog­ra­phy and mis­de­meanor child mo­lesta­tion.

He was fac­ing up to seven years in prison if con­victed on all charges.

As part of the agree­ment, Ramos pleaded no con­test to one felony count of oral cop­u­la­tion of a per­son un­der 18 and one mis­de­meanor count of child mo­lesta­tion.

Judge Har­rell pro­posed a sen­tence of 270 days in county jail and three years pro­ba­tion. He could get a prison term of two years if he vi­o­lates the terms of his sen­tence. He must also reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender when he is re­leased.

His sen­tenc­ing date is sched­uled for Oct. 18.

Ramos’ par­ents were in the court­room watch­ing as he was hand­cuffed by a Fresno County Sher­iff’s deputy. The judge or­dered Ramos to be jailed while he awaits his sen­tenc­ing.

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