Niles ‘Santa’ indicted

WARREN, Ohio — A Niles man who neighbors said told children he was Santa Claus was indicted Wednesday on 35 charges that accuse him of possessing child pornography.

William Brock, 65, was indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury on 16 counts of second-degree felony pandering sexually oriented matter and 19 counts of fourth-degree felony pandering two months after state agents raided his home.

He is currently being held in the county jail on $100,000 bond.

Agents with the state Bureau of the Criminal Identification and Investigation along with the FBI and Niles police on July 19 raided Brock’s 832 Mason St. home looking for child pornography.

Boxes of evidence and computers were taken from the home. Many of the images found on the computer depicted prepubescent children as young as two years old in various sexual situations including sodomy and oral sex with adult males, females and other children.

A neighbor said Brock routinely told children in the neighborhood he was Santa Claus. The white-bearded man was led away in handcuffs, shirtless and wearing red pants.

A woman Brock lived with at the time, Connie Ramirez, 43, was also charged with rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually explicit matter involving a minor.

Investigators said they found images of Ramirez engaged in sex acts with juvenile females, including a relative, and other images of bestiality, some of which were recorded on a cell phone and sent to Brock.

Ramirez was a teacher at the TLCC Preschool and Day Care on Idlewood Road in Austintown for about 12 years.

She is being held in jail on $500,000 bond.

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