A month after his arrest, a civilian worker has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused a young child at MacDill Air Force Base and created explicit images of the abuse, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday.
Erich C. Mandell Ramos abused a child under age 12 while working at MacDill, according to the indictment. Mandell Ramos, 27, has remained in custody since his Nov. 21 arrest by FBI agents. In jail records, he lists a home address on the base.
After his arrest, federal authorities said Mandell Ramos sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl he was babysitting in a residence at the base and used his phone to take sexually explicit photographs of her. The girl told investigators the contact happened more than once.
At the time of his arrest, Mandell Ramos was a store associate at the AAFES exchange at MacDill, according to jail records. The exchange provides merchandise and services to active duty, guard and reserve members, military retirees and their families, according to its website.
Mandell Ramos is charged with two counts of child pornography production, and one count each of aggravated sexual abuse and possession of child pornography. If convicted on all charges, he faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 30 years and could get a life sentence, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.