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Plant City Man Arrested Earlier This Month Now Faces Charges of Possessing Child Porn

Christian Ramirez | Hillsborough Sheriff | Crime

He is one of two registered sex offenders arrested during a Hillsborough sheriff’s sting operation of an online chat room.

PLANT CITY – A Plant City man arrested during a recent online chat operation is now also facing child pornography charges, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Christian Ramirez, 37, of Plant City, was charged with 75 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

He was one of 22 men that Hillsborough deputies arrested earlier this month during Operation Social Bust. Each of the 22 individuals attempted to engage in sexual activity with an undercover detective posing as an underage girl or boy on social media. Ramirez is facing charges of Use of Computer Services to Solicit Certain Illegal Acts, Transmission of Harmful Information to a Minor, Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device, and Traveling to Meet a Minor After Using Computer Services/Devices to Solicit Certain Illegal Acts. (Click here for related story.)

Ramirez was one of two registered sex offenders arrested during the operation. Ramirez, who believed he was talking to a 14-year-old online, drove to a location in Riverview on Oct.1 to meet up with the teen for sex.

After his arrest, detectives obtained a search warrant for Ramirez’s cellphone. A total of 75 videos and pictures of child pornography were located on his phone. Eight of the images depicted male and female children under the age of 5 engaging in sexual acts. All of the children pictured are believed to be between the ages of 3 years old to 16 years old.

Ramirez, who had previously bonded out of jail, was located and arrested this morning (Oct. 20).

“As a father, I am disgusted by Christian Ramirez’s actions. He is a perfect example of why we do these operations,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Some of these men repeatedly go online to prey on our children. This time, they just got caught. As parents, it is critical that we know who our children are talking to online and what websites they are visiting.”

Another sex offender arrested during Operation Social Bust, Flor-Adam Cruz, is facing additional charges as well after detectives discovered he was engaging in sex with a 15-year-old girl reported missing in a nearby county. He met the girl on social media.

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