For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN CONVICTED OF FORCIBLE RAPE OF TWO WOMEN HE MET ONLINE UNDER PRETENSE OF PERFORMING SPIRITUAL CLEANSING
*Second victim came forward after seeing media coverage on the original case
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted yesterday of forcibly raping two women after luring them under the pretense of performing a spiritual cleansing. Alberto Flores Ramirez, 39, San Clemente, was found guilty by a jury yesterday, April 22, 2014, of two felony counts each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, one felony count each of sexual penetration by foreign object by force, attempted forcible oral copulation, and a sentencing enhancement for sex crimes against multiple victims. He faces a maximum sentence of 75 years to life in state prison at his sentencing June 13, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-43, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Jane Doe #1
Ramirez met 33-year-old Jane Doe #1 through an online dating website. On April 3, 2012, he met Jane Doe #1 at a McDonald’s in Santa Ana. Ramirez told Jane Doe #1 that he could help bring her children to California from Mexico by performing a spiritual cleansing on her to get rid of her negative vibes. Jane Doe #1 agreed to participate.
The defendant drove Jane Doe #1 from the McDonald’s to a motel in Santa Ana. Once inside a motel room, he instructed Jane Doe #1 to undress in order for him to perform the cleansing. Jane Doe #1 removed her clothing but left on her bra and underwear. Ramirez rubbed raw eggs on the victim’s body and fondled Jane Doe #1.
The defendant then forcibly orally copulated the victim. When the victim attempted to cover herself with the comforter from the bed, Ramirez jumped on top of the victim and restrained her. He strangled Jane Doe #1 and threatened her that she had to stop fighting and then digitally penetrated her and forcibly raped the victim.
After the sexual assault, Ramirez drove Jane Doe #1 back to her car. The victim drove away from the parking lot and called 911 from her car. The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) responded and investigated this case.
On April 10,