A former Chicago Park District supervisor already facing recent similar allegations is now accused of “punishing” another 16-year-old lifeguard by making her work more hours if she refused to have sex with him and “rewarding” her with gifts if she complied, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The new criminal sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault charges against Mauricio A. Ramirez stem from alleged assaults in 2013 and 2014, according to police and prosecutors.
In October, Ramirez was indicted in a separate attack on a 16-year-old girl who worked as a lifeguard for the district last summer. This case is pending.
Ramirez, 32, appeared on Wednesday before Judge Mary Marubio, who set the bail at $ 50,000, according to Cook County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton. Ramirez, who was also sentenced to electronic surveillance, will have to pay $ 5,000 to be released.
In court on Wednesday, prosecutors said the victim was also 16 when the alleged assaults began, in the summer of 2013, after meeting Ramirez during a training course in March of that year.
A few months later, in July, they were at a party together, where she had been drinking, prosecutors said. Her mother was supposed to take her home, but she walked away before it was over and he followed her, repeatedly offering to drive her home before picking her up and putting her in his car, the people said. prosecutors.
After she repeatedly told him to take her home, Ramirez went to a motel, and after getting inside while she was still in the passenger seat of the car because she was intoxicated, he went back outside and picked her up and took her to the motel room, where he sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said.
Ramirez reportedly continued to assault her three to five times a week until September 2013, when they worked together as rescuers, prosecutors said.
When she refused to have sexual contact with him, he “punished” her by extending her shift or making her do “heavy training,” prosecutors said. When she did, he gave her “gifts” and cut back on her working hours.
The beaches closed for the season and she only saw him again the following summer, when Ramirez continued to assault her three to five times a week, including once in June or July 2014 in a shower room – ne stopping only when someone entered. on them, prosecutors said.
Another time, in a locker room, Ramirez allegedly “put the victim against the lockers” and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said.
In 2015, the teenager told her boyfriend about the attacks, but nothing was done.
This year, she contacted the Inspector General’s office, the state attorney’s office and police after a friend read an article about Ramirez accused in a separate and similar attack, prosecutors said. .
The Park District has come under scrutiny after WBEZ-91.5 FM earlier this year revealed numerous allegations of sexual misconduct among pool and beach workers. The Park District said in August it had sanctioned more than 40 employees linked to the unit, including nine workers linked to a sexual misconduct and abuse investigation.
In October, Chicago Park District CEO Mike Kelly resigned the same day Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on him to step down from handling allegations of harassment among rescuers.
Following the widespread criticism, Park District Board Chair Avis LaVelle announced her resignation at a board meeting on November 10.
Ramirez, who was arrested on Tuesday in the 1600 block of West Cullerton Street, in the same block he lives in, is due to return to court on December 21.