Crime

Suspects plead not guilty in Jasper County rape case

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. - Amber Ramirez, of Sarcoxie, Mo., and Alvin Brown, of Big Cabin, Okla., both enter a not guilty plea in court today. They're accused of raping a female under the age of 14 on March 2nd, 2019.

Authorities say Ramirez held a birthday party at her home on March 1st. During the party, Ramirez drove herself and four juvenile females to Oklahoma to pick up Alvin Brown, according to court documents.

Investigators say Ramirez knew Brown was a registered sex offender and had been having an affair with him.

When they returned to Ramirez's home in Sarcoxie, Brown allegedly began smoking meth in the garage. Court documents state that Ramirez also smoked it and that the meth was offered to the juvenile victim.

Court documents state that Ramirez and Brown began to have intercourse in front of the victim. They all three left the home the following morning and rented a hotel room in Carthage, Missouri.

Authorities say that's where Brown allegedly raped the juvenile victim. Court documents state that Ramirez was present.

During the interview with Ramirez, authorities say she confirmed Brown's meth use in front of the victim, but denied using it herself. Authorities also say she confirmed the sexual intercourse between herself and Brown in front of the victim and the intercourse between Brown and the victim at the hotel.

The Jasper County Prosecutor's Office has filed the following charges:

Charges against Amber Ramirez: 
1) Statutory Rape Or Attempted Statutory Rape - 1st Degree - Person Less Than 14 Yoa { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 566.032 }
2) Endangering The Welfare Of A Child Creating Substantial Risk - 1st Degree - 1st Offense - Sexual Conduct { Felony D RSMo: 568.045 }

Charges against Alvin Brown:
1) Statutory Sodomy Or Attempted Statutory Sodomy - Deviate Sexual Intercourse - Person Less Than 14 Yoa { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 566.062 }
2) Statutory Rape Or Attempted Statutory Rape - 1st Degree - Person Less Than 14 Yoa { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 566.032 }


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