Fifth man pleads guilty to sexual assault of teen in OC
(April 21, 2017) One of the five men charged in a sexual assault that occurred in Ocean City pleaded guilty to second-degree sex offense and filming child pornography in Circuit Court in Snow Hill last Wednesday.
Kevin J. Caceres, 20, of Rockville, Maryland also faced charges of second-degree rape, assault and other sex offences, for assaulting a 17-year-old girl in a midtown hotel room last Memorial Day weekend. However, he agreed to a plea deal with Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Karsnitz that carried a recommendation to four to nine years in prison.
Second-degree sex offense carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and filming child pornography is punishable up to 25 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Caceres was charged with assaulting the juvenile in December after a six-month investigation that involved the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Ocean City Police Department. The investigation began on June 14, when a Worcester deputy arrested Erick H. Ramirez, 21, of Silver Spring, Maryland on drug charges and confiscated his phone.
On Erick Ramirez’s phone, deputies found several video recordings that showed five men assaulting an unconscious and undressed girl. One man is seen on video raping the juvenile.
Using the phone’s metadata, Ocean City Police were able to locate the resort hotel room. Also identified during the investigation were Erick Ramirez, Ronaldo Ramirez, 20, and Elmer Casco-Hernandez, 20 of Silver Spring and Anthony Alvarenga, 20, of Rockville.
Worcester deputies later interviewed the victim at her home in Rockville, and she told officers that she was in Ocean City for the holiday weekend. According to the state’s statement of facts, she took a Xanax pill she received from Alvarenga, whom she knew from high school.
The next thing she remembered was waking up the following day with her clothes “twisted” and not properly put on, Karsnitz told the court.
Karsnitz also entered stills from the video in evidence. The photos clearly show Caceres holding down the victim and inappropriately touching her.
Caceres will be sentenced on June 7.
The four others charged in this incident were charged with second-degree rape, multiple other sex offences and child pornography for recording the incident. Both Ramirezes and Casco-Hernandez have appearances set for May 10. Alvarenga’s trial date is set for May 18.