Snapchat is the choice application for young children. In fact, this may be in part because depending upon settings chosen in the application and in combination with what the user chooses to do with given communications, the images may be deleted after a short amount of time.
This can make law enforcement investigations more complex especially when a subpoena or search warrant is granted at the request of law enforcement is issued upon the service provider.
In Jefferson Parish Viridiana Ramos DOB 6/22/1987 of Marrero, LA. was arrested for Indecent Behavior W/Juvenile two separate times involving 2 students at separate schools. Nearly two years later no formal charges have been filed by the district attorney in either case.
At the time of the first arrest she was an active teacher at multiple schools for the Jefferson Parish School Board working as a band teacher.
Her arrests were a result of both digital evidence related to Snapchat and witness testimony. She was arrested twice and quickly bonded out each time. First release date was 11/21/2017 then after new evidence was found related to a second student was again arrested and bonded out 1/09/2018.
When a defendant is held in jail the DA generally files charges within 90 days. In general, when an excessive period elapses between when a defendant is released and charges are filed this tends to indicate that an undocumented publicly (nonformal) plea agreement may be in progress. In fact, it is often the case the DA will refuse charges allowing the defendant to have the arrest completely expunged, especially for first time offenders. It is my belief that is likely the case here.
After numerous delays in filing charges her next court appearance is currently 8/15/2019. That date is 3 months short of 2 years since the original bond date. There is no doubt in this authors opinion that she is in progress of a pre-prosecution agreement that will result in the refusal of charges and likely an expungment filed soon after.
Once the charges are refused there is no reason why she wouldn’t be able to continue to be a teacher.
This blog will follow that progress.
Keep in mind this is a teacher sending lewd photos of a sexual nature and more to young boys.
Updates will follow