Woman charged in child porn case

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An Austintown woman was charged with rape in connection with a child pornography case involving a Niles man neighbors know as Santa Claus.

Connie Ramirez, 43, appeared in Austintown Municipal Court on Wednesday facing charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually explicit matter involving a minor. She is currently being held on $500,000 bond.

During an investigation into child pornography charges surrounding William Brock, 65, of Niles, police uncovered several photos of a child in sexual situations and traced the photos back to a cell phone and Ramirez. Some of the photos also included sexually explicit images involving a canine and Ramirez.

According to investigative reports, Ramirez allegedly rubbed ointment on a juvenile relative for her own sexual gratification, took pictures of the act on her cell phone and sent the images via email to Brock, who was Ramirez’s boyfriend at the time.

On July 19, agents with the state Bureau of the Criminal Identification and Investigation along with the FBI and Niles Police raided Brock’s home at 832 Mason St. looking for child pornography.

Boxes of evidence and computers were taken from the home and two men were taken in for questioning.

Brock was charged with 25 counts of second-degree felony pandering obscenity involving a minor.

A neighbor said one of the men taken out of the home told children in the neighborhood he was Santa Claus. The white-bearded man was led away in handcuffs, shirtless and wearing red pants.

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