South Bay after-school program operator charged with raping student

SAN JOSE, CA – The owner of a martial arts studio and operator of an after-school program at a San Jose elementary school has been charged with raping a student, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Ernest Ramirez, a 54-year-old San Jose resident, faces multiple sexual assault charges. The victim was a 14-year-old whom Ramirez met during the Trace Elementary after-school program where he ferried students to his studio in San Jose, according to police.

Police said the sexual assaults took place between August 2020 and June 2021.

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Ramirez was arrested last week in Ada County, Idaho, and held in the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

He was charged with four counts of raping a child under 14.

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