Were you or a loved one sexually abused by Martin Ramos, a 43-year-old police dispatcher, and Jehovah’s Witnesses church elder. Ramos has been accused of conducting an inappropriate relationship with a minor. He has been arrested and charged for child sexual molestation, but our experienced attorneys believe that other sexual abuse survivors have yet to step forward.
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A Fresno, California church elder in the Jehovah’s Witnesses church has been charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl that he mentored. Martin Ramos, 43, works as a police dispatcher for the Madera Police Department, but according to police officials, the church elder abused his position as a leader in the Jehovah’s Witnesses church to begin a sexual relationship with a minor.
Ramos was arrested on September 21, 2018, only one day after police authorities received an anonymous tip about the police dispatcher. That tip led to an investigation, in which police learned that Ramos had met the girl and her family three years previous through his role as a church elder. Police say Ramos mentored the girl, and that the two frequently exchanged text messages. According to police reports, Ramos and the minor at one point exchanged “inappropriate” photographs of themselves, at which point “their relationship turned physical,” the Fresno Bee reports.
Ramos has been charged with misdemeanor child molestation, felony oral copulation, and possession and distribution of child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty and been released on bail. His next court date is set for November.
This is not the first sexual abuse allegation to be leveled against a church elder in the Jehovah’s Witnesses church. Over recent years, a growing number of sexual abuse survivors have stepped forward to accuse church elders and others within the church of abuse. Many of these survivors say that they were pressured to remain silent.
The church’s official position on sexual abuse is that any allegations should be handled internally, rather than forwarded to the appropriate secular authorities. In many cases, this may constitute a violation of the law, since any suspicions of sexual abuse are required to be reported to the police or federal law enforcement officials.
A failure to properly report sexual abuse only serves to protect abusers from justice, allowing them to continue their misconduct in secret. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the main nonprofit conducting business for the Jehovah’s Witnesses church, has been locked in a legal battle for years over the release of internal documents over sexual abuse.
In September 2018, the Watchtower was ordered to pay $35 million in compensation to a woman who accused the national organization of pressuring Montana church elders to cover up her own sexual abuse allegations. Nationally, the Watchtower faces dozens of similar lawsuits.