West Palm Beach Brothers Face Multiple Rape Charges
Two brothers face hundreds of charges of sexual assault after repeatedly raping a girl that was living in their West Palm Beach home over the last three years. Noe Ramos, 28, and Uriel Ramos, 26, are currently being held without bail after their confessions of their repeated rapes of a now thirteen year old girl.
According to the police, the Ramos brothers were arrested for their crimes. Noe Ramos faces 156 counts of sexual assault on a minor by a custodian while Uriel Ramos faces 287 counts of the same offense. As of now, the relationship between the victim and the brothers is not being released. The hundreds of rapes that occurred before the victim was 12 years old are considered capital crimes in Florida, each punishable by life in prison.
It is unclear how or why these sexual assaults came to the attention of the West Palm Beach police, but they reported that the victim was forthcoming about the details of the attacks. She stated that when she was younger, Noe Ramos would forcibly pull her into a bedroom by her arm and rape her. She said that he was too strong to push away from him. His brother, Uriel, would often come into her room and lock the door behind him, then rape her repeatedly. She told the police that she never fought back against Uriel because he had beaten her for it in the past.
The Ramos brothers are no strangers to the law. In 2010, Uriel Ramos hit a woman in the head with a beer bottle in a store in Jupiter. He was arrested for aggravated assault but the crimes were reduced to simple battery, to which he was found guilty. Noe Ramos has prior traffic tickets but no apparent serious criminal record. In addition to the police, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services have opened a case into how this happened inside of the home.
Florida Sexual Assault Law
In Florida, the terms sexual assault, sexual battery, and rape are used interchangeably in the law. Under the law, Fla. Stat. 794.011 states that “A person 18 years of age or older who commits sexual battery upon, or in an attempt to commit sexual battery injures the sexual organs of, a person less than 12 years of age commits a capital felony.” In addition, it is a felony in the first degree if “the person commits sexual battery upon a person 12 years of age or older without that person’s consent . . . and in a position of control or authority in a probation, community control, controlled release, detention, custodial, or similar setting.”
The penalties for a capital felony include life in prison without the possibility of parole and fines up to $15,000 for this type of sexual offense. The penalties for a felony in the first degree include up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. In addition, the victim of these types of crimes can also file a civil lawsuit against the offenders for monetary compensation.
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