Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces that Michael Ramirez, age 39, formerly of Passaic, was sentenced to an aggregate term of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison for sexually assaulting his co-worker, a former exotic dancer at Mr. B’s Gentleman’s Club in Passaic.
According to police, on December 20, 2019, a petit jury found Michael Ramirez and co-defendant Trystal Lozada each guilty of three counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault, two counts of Sexual Assault, three counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact and two counts of Criminal Sexual Contact. Michael Ramirez was also found guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Sexual Assault.
Police said that the sexual assault took place on November 5, 2012 inside Mr. B’s Gentleman’s Club in Passaic after the club closed for the evening.
The State contends that the victim, a former dancer at Mr. B’s, was drugged by one of the managers of the club, rendering her mentally incapacitated and physically helpless, at which point she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by the defendants and others inside of the establishment.
According to officials, the victim reported the sexual assault to the Passaic Police Department the next day, and she was taken to the hospital for an examination. Portions of the sexual assault were videotaped by one of the participants. The videotape was subsequently recovered by the Passaic Police Department and introduced into evidence during the trial.
Co-defendant Miguel Delacruz pleaded guilty to Aggravated Sexual Assault, First Degree and was sentenced on February 14, 2018, to 12 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Codefendant Ashley Maldonado pleaded guilty to Aggravated Sexual Assault and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 12. Co-defendant Luis Guzman is scheduled for trial on June 1.