Juan “Johnny” Ramos, director of player development and coaching at the Plantation Eagles Soccer Club, was arrested on August 25 for allegedly sexually abusing a member of the American Heritage School soccer club when she was 13 years old. Ramos, 43, faces four counts of sexual battery against a minor. Judge Michael Davis denied Ramos’ request for house arrest and ordered him held without bond in Broward County jail. News sources did not name an attorney for Ramos.
According to the police report, the alleged abuse took place in a five-year period between 2003 and 2008. The victim is now 26 years old. After receiving therapy, she decided to report the abuse to authorities on August 13.
The victim claims to have first met Ramos when she was studying at American Heritage School. She was 10 years old at the time and Ramos was the coach of the soccer team at American Heritage. He reportedly gave the victim private lessons when she became a member of the soccer club.
During these lessons, Ramos allegedly drove the young teen in his Ford Expedition SUV to different parks in the Broward County area. The girl told police that Ramos would playfully tickle and wrestle her during these sessions. This purportedly progressed to oral sex in 2003, when the girl was 13 years old and Ramos was 30.
Ramos allegedly didn’t have sexual intercourse with the girl until she was 14, and from then on, most of their weekly private lessons purportedly involved sex acts. Court documents state that Ramos and the victim had sex on the campus of American Heritage at least once when the victim was 16, and investigators claim Ramos acknowledged the alleged sex acts during an audio and video recorded meeting with the victim on August 24. He was arrested the following day.
Ramos is a well-known coach in South Florida. He is famous for leading American Heritage School’s soccer team to three wins at the state championship before he was fired in 2008 for a matter unrelated to the sexual battery case. American Heritage School released a statement saying it has never received abuse complaints against Ramos.
Ramos was later hired by Cypress Bay High to coach the soccer team and led them to three victories in the state championship between 2009 and 2013 before he left for unspecified reasons. In addition to working as a director at Plantation Eagles Soccer Club, Ramos was also one of the coaches for the Olympic Development Program at Florida Youth Soccer. He has been suspended by both soccer clubs pending the outcome of his case.
Source: 8.29.16 Ramos Sexual Battery.pdf