An Ohio preschool teacher has been charged in connection with a child pornography case after investigators allegedly found sexually explicit images of her with her two children and a dog.
Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Gabe Wildman said Connie Ramirez, 43, of Austintown, Ohio, was arrested Aug. 22, on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering obscenity involving a minor, and possession of criminal tools.
Neither Ramirez nor an attorney representing her could be reached for comment Monday.
Authorities said Ramirez was a teacher at the TLCC Preschool and Day Care in Austintown. Ramirez worked at the preschool for about 12 years.
A cell phone belonging to Ramirez allegedly contained sexually explicit images and videos of her with her 8-year-old and 9-year-old daughters. Ramirez has admitted to investigators that she used rubbing ointment on at least one of her children for sexual stimulation, according to police.
Wildman said Ramirez is also being investigated for inappropriate sexual contact with a dog, allegedly baiting the animal with peanut butter and other household items.
Wildman said Ramirez’s arrest resulted from an investigation into her boyfriend, 65-year-old William Brock Sr., of Niles. Ramirez had allegedly sent evidence of her illegal activities to Brock.
Brock, who Wildman said is known to identify himself to neighborhood children as “Santa Claus,” was arrested on July 19. He is being held at the Trumbull County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Brock faces 25 charges of second-degree felony pandering and obscenity involving a minor. He has not yet been indicted.