Alleged sex assaulting teacher gets brief detention
BRIDGEPORT — The former Central High School teacher caught driving the special education student she is accused of sexually assaulting to the beach got a taste of jail Thursday — for about an hour.
That’s how long it took for 32-year-old Laura Ramos to post the $250,000 bond imposed on her by an obviously exasperated Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin.
“Honestly, what is going on here?” Devlin asked, as Ramos stood before him looking down at the courtroom floor. “You were going to the beach with a boy who was a subject of your case. That is completely reckless.”
While the judge declined a prosecutor’s motion to revoke Ramos’ bond, he did raise it from $50,000 to $250,000.
“The victim was enrolled in her special education class at Central High School and she has acknowledged she was involved in a sexual relationship with him,” Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Ann Lawlor told the judge.
As his client stood silently beside him, Ramos’ lawyer, Edward Gavin, apologized three times to the judge for what he called his client’s “lapse in judgment.”
“We acknowledge this is a severe violation of the court’s order and I have impressed upon her how serious it is,” Gavin said.
Ramos glanced back at her mother sitting in the back of the courtroom as a judicial marshal then handcuffed Ramos and led her away.
As a condition of her release on the increased bond, the judge ordered her confined to her Milford home when she is not working as a waitress at a local restaurant and she must wear a GPS tracking anklet.
Ramos declined comment as she later left the Fairfield County Courthouse with her mother.
Ramos is awaiting trial on two counts of second-degree sexual assault. She was first charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year-old special education student between December and April 2017 and then later charged again after police claimed she sexually assaulted another student on many occasions including in a Shelton restaurant.
However, police said they have information Ramos, who has since resigned her teaching post, may have sexually assaulted other students.
During her earlier arraignments on the charges, a judge imposed a protective order, ordering her to have no further contact with the two students in the case.
On June 22, police in Waterford pulled Ramos’s car over after officers spotted her talking on her cell phone while driving. Police said the officers determined that one of victims in the sex case was in the car with her and they later charged Ramos with violating the protective order.
That case is pending in New London Superior Court.
Police said in a video-recorded statement following her first arrest, Ramos admitted having sex with the 18-year-old student “a handful of times,” beginning Dec. 23, 2016 until April 2017. She said most of the time they had sex in her car.
Police said a second special education student at the high school said on June 23, 2017, that he also had sex with Ramos.
The second student said that in April 2017, he had gone with Ramos to a Fairfield restaurant. After dinner, the two went to Ramos’ car in the parking lot and had sex, police said the student told them.
On another occasion in April, police said, Ramos complained to the teen that her husband didn’t want to have sex with her and then took him to a restaurant in Shelton. While at that restaurant, the teacher and her student went into the restaurant’s electrical room where they had sex, police said.
They said the teen told them he later received a text from Ramos saying it was the best sex she ever had.