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Juan Carlos Ramon, 33, of Portland, had two young girls send explicit photos via the internet

PMG FILE PHOTO - Juan Carlos RamonA man who formerly worked in an after-school program at a Gresham elementary school was sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison after sexually exploiting two young girls.

Juan Carlos Ramon, 33, of Portland, was sentenced to 180 months followed by a life-term of supervised release after he sexually exploited two minors, ages 6 and 8, using — the social media mobile application now known as TikTok.

According to court documents, on June 28, 2017, Ramon began communicating with the two minors via the application. He used the screen name "@lexithetiger" and pretended to be a young girl. He encouraged his victims to play a "Simon Says" type game where he would send sexually explicit photos of a minor female and ask them to take and send photos imitating the positions and acts depicted. The minor victims agreed and sent Ramon a series of progressively more explicit self-produced images.

A relative of the two victims, who lived in Louisiana, later discovered the messages and reported it to law enforcement.

Ramon was arrested on Nov. 16, 2017. He admitted that for several years he had knowingly chatted with and requested pornographic images from minor females ranging in ages from 10-13 years old. Ramon spent much of his adult life working in education, nonprofit programing and family services. At the time of his arrest, he was working at North Gresham Elementary School.

On May 22, 2019, he pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.

The case was investigated by FBI Portland's Child Exploitation Task Force and prosecuted by Natalie Wight, assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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