Victim Recants, 16 Years After Bizarre TX Child Sex Abuse Convictions


A San Antonio child sex abuse case that landed four women in prison in the 1990s has been called into question by a recantation by one of the victims. Elizabeth Ramirez and three friends were convicted after her nieces, ages 7 and 9, told police that they were assaulted during an orgy in 1994. The San Antonio Express-News published stories two years ago that brought a new spotlight on the unusual case. Now, one of the nieces told the paper that the assaults never happened. “I want my aunt and her friends out of prison,” Stephanie, 25, said. “I can’t live my life knowing that four women are sleeping in a cage because of me.”

Ramirez, the accused ringleader, is 16 years into a 37½-year sentence. Three others are in the final years of 15-year sentences. Exoneration may be a long way off, but their attorney Mike Ware, is working with the Innocence Project of Texas and plans to meet soon with the Bexar County district attorney’s office. An Austin crew is filming a documentary about the case.

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