Man accused in MySpace luring agrees to plead guilty:
This is a follow-up to the story of Michael Ramos, the man who was stung by a group of teenage boys…
FONTANA – A man arrested after traveling to a park to allegedly have sex with an imaginary girl conjured up by teens on MySpace.com agreed to a very real deal with prosecutors on Wednesday.
Fontana resident Michael Ramos, 48, was taken into custody in early March after trying to meet who he thought was a 15-year-old girl named Jessica. He’d been chatting with ‘her’ for weeks on MySpace.
The girl actually was a fake account set up by a group of boys looking to cheer up a friend who recently had broken up with a girlfriend.
After the boys spied on Ramos at the park, they called police, who arrested him.
On Wednesday, Ramos agreed to plead guilty to one count of an attempted lewd act with a child aged 14 or 15 and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
He will be sentenced July 26, at which time a judge will rule on the details of the plea as well as a probation officer’s recommendations, said Prosecutor Karen Martinez of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
Other terms of the agreement that could be imposed include five years of probation and a list of prohibited search terms on his home computer, she said.
There’s a link to his MySpace on the original entry and it’s still up.
I’ve only been doing social media crimes for 11 days and I already have an anonymous source. I call the source Mr. A. They called themselves just “A” but I thought I would name the source after the comic book character. They could be Ms. or Mrs. A for all I know. Anyway Mr. A a left a comment about Michael Ramos. Apparently it’s not the first time that Mikey’s been caught trying to solicit little girls.
Thank you again, Mr. A and I hope you make more contributions in the future.
Boys’ MySpace prank results in sex crime arrest:
This amuses me to no end…
FONTANA, Calif. – A group of boys who posed as a 15-year-old girl for an Internet prank ended up helping police arrest a 48-year-old man who tried to meet the fictitious teenager for sex, authorities said.
The five boys had created a fake profile of a girl on MySpace.com, a social networking Web site, to cheer up a friend who had recently broken up with his girlfriend.
But soon, a man began sending messages to the “girl” and their conversations began to have sexual overtones, said Fontana police Sgt. William Megenney.
The man also sent the “girl” his picture and arranged to meet her at a public park. The boys went to the park and, when the man arrived, they called police.
Michael Ramos, 48, of Fontana, was booked into West Valley Detention Center on Monday for investigation of felony attempted lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and for an outstanding warrant, Megenney said.
Kudos to these boys for putting this scumbag behind bars.
This MySpace profile matches up with the suspect’s name, age, and location. That’s another reason why you shouldn’t post all your personal information on MySpace. Then assholes like me get to ridicule you for eternity.
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