Former teacher pleads no contest to sexually assaulting students
BRIDGEPORT - A former Central High School teacher pleaded no contest Monday to sexually assaulting two special education students.
Her hands folded in front of her, Laura Calladio Ramos pleaded no contest before Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin to two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of violating a protective order.
“Do you think the state has sufficient evidence that it does expose you to the risk of being convicted?” the judge asked Ramos, who briefly looked up at the judge.
“Probably,” she responded.
Although the 32-year-old Ramos could have faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the charges Devlin said he would sentence her to a maximum of five years when he sentences her on Jan. 25.
Ramos’ lawyer, Edward Gavin, maintained the right to argue for a lesser term.
Ramos, who is free on bond, declined comment as she left the Fairfield County Courthouse.
Ramos, of Pond Point Avenue in Milford, 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.
Ramos resigned her teaching post after her arrests.
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 had also had sex with Ramos.
The student said that in April 2017, he had gone with Ramos to a Fairfield restaurant. After having 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.
Following her first arrest Ramos was issued a court order barring her from having any further contact with the first victim.
But Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Ann Lawlor told the judge that Ramos violated that order when on June 22, of this year she was pulled over by police in Waterford while driving the first victim to the beach.