Henry Salome Ramos, 38, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced last week, by United States District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to 120 months in prison for child exploitation offenses. Ramos previously pleaded guilty to Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography. Upon release, Ramos will be placed on lifetime supervised release with sex offender conditions and will be required to register as a sex offender.
The case against Ramos developed in March 2020, after United States Border Patrol agents encountered Robert Allen Yost smuggling undocumented non-citizens. A search of Yost’s phone revealed child exploitation content exchanged with Ramos. The investigation also revealed that Yost offered Ramos methamphetamine in exchange for sexual access to a child. The intended sexual activity with the child did not take place due to intervening circumstances. Yost was previously sentenced to 188 months in prison for his offenses.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
Customs and Border Protection’s U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jared Kreamer Hope and Carin Duryee, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.