By: Kyle James | 01-31-2018 | News
Photo credit: El Dorado County District Attorney's Office

Man Who Raped Foreign Exchange Student Sentenced To 183 Years

||| El Dorado County District Attorney's Office |||

A jury found a violent rapist guilty of sexually assaulting a foreign exchange student in South Lake Tahoe in November of 2015. January 19 of this year, Judge Kenneth Melikian sentenced the rapist Manuel Ovidio Ramos-Munoz to 183 years to life in prison.

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Ramos-Munoz was found guilty of seven felony charges including kidnapping for the purpose of committing a sexual assault and six additional counts of numerous special allegations relating to the sexual assault of the victim.

Ramos-Munoz raped a 22-year-old Macedonian exchange student who came to work in Tahoe during the summer of 2015.

According to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, the victim was only in the United States for a little over a week when the rape occurred. The victim was sitting on the front steps of her hotel room talking on the phone "Ramos-Munoz snuck up behind her and put a knife to her throat," according to the District Attorney's Office.

Ramos-Munoz admitted to forcing the victim at knifepoint from outside her hotel room at the Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe to a secluded area. He then sexually and physically assaulted her while threatening to kill the exchange student if she did not keep quiet.

The District Attorney said Ramos-Monuz repeatedly and violently physically and sexually assaulted the victim leaving her with severe injuries to her face, head, and body.

The District Attorney also described Judge Melikian's words who reportedly called Ramos-Munoz's actions "beyond reprehensible" and said the defendant "put the victim in hell" adding that she is still suffering the from the effects of his abuse to this day.

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