A jury found a Spring Valley man guilty of sexually abusing a 3-year-old boy last year in a parking lot, the Rockland County district attorney's Office said.
After a two-week trial, the jury found 52-year-old Baudilio Ramos guilty of first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
Ramos knew the boy's family for years as part of the community at Iglesia La Mision Asamleas de Dios, a church in South Nyack, prosecutors said. On Sept. 26, 2011, the boy's mother was doing some errands for the church and Ramos was helping her out by driving her around in the church van.
The boy's mother trusted the Spring Valley man enough to leave her son in the van with him while she attended to "administrative matters," prosecutors said.
When she walked back to the van after a few minutes, she "observed Ramos rubbing his hand up and down over her son's genitals," according to the district attorney's office.
The shocked mother took her son and left, then reported the incident to church leaders later that day. When church officials didn't do anything about it, the victim's mom went to Clarkstown police, prosecutors said.
Defense lawyers for Ramos argued that the boy's mother was lying so she could get a temporary visa that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issues to certain crime victims. But prosecutors said the victim is a U.S. citizen and successfully argued that his mother wasn't aware of a program that grants visas to victims of crimes.
Ramos faces up to seven years in state prison when he returns for sentencing Nov. 29. He will be required to register as a sex offender. He remained Thursday in Rockland County Jail, where he is being held on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer.
A message was left Thursday evening for S. Michael Musa-Obregon, a New York City-based attorney who represents Ramos.