Nurse Convicted of Child Pornography Possession After Working with Children

A former employee of two Columbus hospitals, known for his work with child burn victims, has admitted guilt in possessing child sexually explicit material.

Ryan Ramos, aged 38, entered a guilty plea on Tuesday, confessing to charges of distributing and receiving child pornography, as well as possessing such material.

Ramos, who held positions at Nationwide Children’s Hospital from 2018 to 2020, and later at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the ICU burn trauma unit until 2023, holds a nursing license in Ohio.

An investigation led by U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker revealed Ramos’ involvement in a Signal app group dedicated to sharing child pornography. He was found to have disseminated hundreds of images and videos depicting child sexual abuse within the group.

Additionally, in 2018, Ramos allegedly paid a New York City sex offender $500 for illicit material involving children.

Parker disclosed that Ramos’ iPhone contained over 346,000 chat messages, primarily related to the distribution, acquisition, and discussion of child pornography.

Ramos was formally charged on May 6 and entered his guilty plea during his arraignment on Monday. He now faces a potential prison sentence of five to 20 years and will remain in custody until his sentencing, which is yet to be scheduled.

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