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City of Coolidge employee arrested by PCSO for sex crimes

Luis Ramirez (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Luis Ramirez (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A 19-year-old victim steppedforward earlier this week and said she had been molested by a family acquaintancefor the last 10 years, according to a Pinal County Sheriff's Office release.

During an interview she toldPCSO deputies she had been the victim of alleged molestation and sexual assaultsince she was 9.  The suspect wasidentified as Luis Ramirez, according to the release, the alleged abuse hadbeen going on numerous times in the last ten years, with the last contact lessthan a month before the victim spoke out. 

The victim told PCSO that she hadn'tcome forward sooner, thinking no one would believe her.  Ramirez was confronted by the victim'smother, according to the release, who told him to leave and never contact thefamily again. 

Ramirez spoke with detectivesduring the investigation according to the release, and confirmed several of thevictim's allegations.   He was arrestedon March 6, by PCSO detectives and is in the Pinal County Jail facing the followingcharges - child molestation, sexual abuse and sexual conduct with a minor.

"Victims of sex crimes often don't comeforward out of shame, fear and because they don't feel anybody would believethem. This victim found the strength and courage to come forward and report theyears of sexual abuse she had to endure as a child," said Pinal CountySheriff Paul Babeu. "Thanks to her strength and courage, Luis Ramirez isbehind bars where he belongs. The sooner victims report crimes, the quicker wecan do our job and put the suspects behind bars."

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