Trafficking charges absent in teen sex case

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A grand jury this week indicted Sugar Hill resident Carlos Ramirez in what police described as a sordid love affair with his underaged babysitter turned girlfriend.

Indicted on counts of aggravated child molestation and statutory rape, Ramirez faces a substantial prison term and a lifetime on Georgia's sexual offender registry.

Noticeably absent from the indictment, however, were charges of "trafficking of persons for sexual servitude" initially lodged against Ramirez by detectives.

Assistant District Attorney Jon Setzer said Friday he couldn't discuss charging decisions or facts and evidence of the case because it is pending.

In an earlier hearing, a Gwinnett police detective testified that Ramirez, 33, coerced the victim into having sex with four other men by expressing his love for her and threatening to kill her parents.

The girl, then 14, told police she witnessed Ramirez collect money from one man. She could not identify the other men, who she said spoke Spanish.

A conviction on aggravated child molestation charges -- in which the defendant is guilty of injuring or sodomizing the child -- could result in a life sentence, according to Georgia code. The grand jury indicted Ramirez on three counts in a bill released Thursday.

Officials with the Division of Family and Children Services became privy to the situation when the teen miscarried and told authorities the father, Ramirez, was 33 years old. The fetus is undergoing DNA testing to determine if it matches saliva samples collected from Ramirez, the detective said in February.

Setzer could provide no update on that testing Friday.

Police believe the incidents occurred last year at a home where Ramirez was living on Gold Creek Trail in Buford. He remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.