According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Derrick O'Meara, who is the Director of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, a Rome man has been arrested for having inappropriate contact with two underage female children.

The investigation began when members of the Child Advocacy Center were notified that two female children had been subjected to inappropriate contact by Hector Ramos, age 42, of Rome. The case was assigned to Sheriff’s Investigator Mark R. Chrysler.

Investigator Chrysler’s investigation revealed that Ramos had subjected the children to several acts of lewd and inappropriate sexual contact throughout several years. The case was turned over to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office for Grand Jury consideration.

On February 29, 2024, Ramos was indicted by an Oneida County Grand Jury on 3 counts of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child (Class A-II felonies), 2 counts of Rape in the First Degree (Class B Felonies), 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree (Class B Felonies), 4 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (Class D Felonies), and 1 count of Rape in the Third Degree, (Class E Felony). An arrest warrant was issued by Oneida County Court.

Ramos was located and arrested by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Warrants Unit later that same day. Ramos was processed and held at the Oneida County Correctional Facility for arraignment.

On March 1, 2024, Ramos was arraigned in Oneida County Court and was remanded back to the Oneida County Correctional Facility without bail. Services have been offered to the victims by the Child Advocacy Center and Orders of Protection were issued on behalf of the children.