TUCSON – An arrest warrant has been issued for the Tucson couple who were convicted for sexually exploiting a minor and child abuse after they failed to appear in court.
According to Pima County Attorney’s Office, the victim told authorities that Vanessa and Luis Ramirez took provocative and pornographic pictures of her when she was 12 years old. Officials say Luis also allegedly indecently exposed herself to her and molested her.
The two also allegedly offered the victim money, gifts and alcohol, court documents say.
The couple was found guilty for 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of child abuse on May 3. In addition, Luis was convicted for two counts of molestation of a child, one count of indecent exposure, and one count of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.
They were convicted in absentia after they reportedly fled Pima County two days after they were arraigned in reference to the case. The reportedly abducted their two children, 5-year-old Luis Jr. Ramirez and 6-month-old Kahmila Ramirez, and used a stun gun on a DCS worker during a welfare check.
Their vehicle was found abandoned in Nogales.
Police believe the family may have fled to Mexico.
Authorities say the sexual exploitation of minor charges did not involve the children.