Sexual assault case first grand jury indictment
A man being held on charges of sexual assault of a child is the subject of the first criminal indictment issued by the Douglas County Grand Jury.
Juan Gabriel Ramirez-Vargas is being held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. Proceedings against him in East Fork Justice Court were stayed as a result of the indictment, and he is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday, according to Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson.
Ramirez-Vargas, 45, was indicted on Wednesday on charges of sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age and lewdness with a child under 14 years of age.
The Oregon man is accused of molesting the child at an apartment in the Ironwood subdivision in Minden.
Ramirez-Vargas was arrested in Oregon where he was living in Clackamas County on March 24 on a warrant issued out of the East Fork Justice Court. He has been in Douglas custody since he was extradited April 28. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 17-21, 2016.
The victim’s name is confidential by law, Jackson said.
The grand jury first convened in January. The grand jury’s duties include inquiring into public offenses triable in the Ninth Judicial District Court. The grand jury also conducts civil investigations into county government. Those inquiries are kept confidential until it issues its final report.