Jorge Alberto Ramos was arrested after he sexually assaulted three women.
Ramos lured women from El Salvador to the United States with promises of better lives.
Ramos, who was born in El Salvador, maintained close relationships with his family and friends living in San Miguel.
Authorities said that a former City College adjunct chemistry professor was arrested on Thursday. He is accused of coaxing 3 women from El Salvador into coming to the United States in search of a better future, before raping and sexually assaulting them once they arrived.
Jorge Alberto Ramos of the Bronx was arrested in Manhattan Federal Court on charges that were returned by an indictment. The indictment alleged Ramos carried out the scam from 2013 to 2023. He allegedly groomed the women by showing concern for their family and sending them money and gifts.
Ramos, at his initial court appearance agreed to be detained until an offer of bail could be made. Ramos faces two counts for inducing him to travel in order to engage illegal sexual activity, and two counts for transporting him to engage unlawful sexual activity. He was also charged with human smuggling conspiracy, human smuggling as well as harboring an illegal alien.
He could spend decades behind bars if convicted.
His attorney did not immediately comment.
Dee Dee Mozeleski said Ramos has not worked for City College since 2009.
In an email she stated that she couldn’t comment on the indictment, but added “Our hearts are with the victims and their family.”
Ramos, according to the indictment was born in El Salvador, and maintained relationships with his family, friends, and others around San Miguel.
Ramos is accused of smuggling a 25-year-old to the United States between 2013 and 2014. In the indictment, it was stated that Ramos had a romantic relationship, but changed his behavior towards her after she obtained a job . He then demanded sexual relations whenever he wished, forcing her into submission.
Ramos was accused of luring his second victim (a 27-year-old woman) to the U.S., in November 2015. She was held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and detained for two months, until Ramos paid $4,000.
The woman who was paid by Ramos to fly to New York from Texas met Ramos in the New York airport. She noticed his behavior had changed. He had become “aggressive, angry and irritable, when on previous phone calls he had shown care,” according to the indictment.
The indictment stated that after she arrived at her host’s residence, he told her she would have to perform sexual services on him, or else he would report to immigration officials to deport her.
Indictment says that the third victim was 18 when she was lured to come to America in March 2017. The indictment stated that Ramos had promised her she wouldn’t have to be in a relationship with him. However, after paying thousands of dollars to smugglers in order to bring her to New York he raped the victim repeatedly.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams stated that Ramos exploited women by promising them a better future and “smuggled” them to New York in order to “exploit their bodies for his sexual pleasure.”
Ramos, according to authorities, convinced the women they would have access to educational opportunities and other opportunities when they moved to the United States.
Indictment states that the two last women escaped Ramos who isolated them from other people in his house.