A trial date has been set for Jan. 14 for a Dothan man charged with multiple sex charges including rape and sexual abuse.
Joseph Ramirez, 36, of Radford Circle, was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, and other related charges.
Dothan Police Lt. Lynn Watkins previously told the Dothan Eagle the victims’ mother brought the children to the police department after she was informed of the alleged crime. Watkins said the investigation started immediately.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Ramirez’s home. Before the search warrant was executed, Ramirez told police he had a firearm and made threats against himself and officers if they attempted to take him into custody.
Watkins believes the suspect made the threats hoping the charges against him would not be pursued. The Special Reaction Team was used to execute the search warrant. As the SRT approached the residence, officers discovered Ramirez had barricaded the doors and covered all the windows in the home. The team proceeded to make entry into the home through a window, and took Ramirez into custody.
Ramirez’ attorney, Valerie Judah, suggested during Ramirez’s preliminary hearing the complainant went to the police initially not because the crimes actually occurred, but because she was mad because Ramirez was having an affair.
According Dothan Police Investigator Chris Thompson, during the direct examination no physical evidence was submitted to show the victims were sexually abused. However, an interview at the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center was conducted and both victims separately informed the staff in detail about alleged crimes committed by Ramirez.