Published: 06.23.2006

Man sentenced to prison for conspiracy to transport illegals
By Alexis Huicochea
A 30-year-old Mexican man was sentenced in Tucson to more than two years in prison Monday for conspiracy to transport illegal entrants, an official said Friday.
The smuggler is also accused of sexually assaulting a female he brought into the country, resulting in her giving birth to his child.
In 2004, a brother and sister came forward in California and told authorities that they had been smuggled into the country the year before by Timoteo Santos Ramos, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Arizona district office.
The siblings told Immigration and Customs Enforcement that Ramos, of Oaxaca, Mexico, approached them while in Mexico and offered to smuggle them for $1,000 each, the news release said.
The brother was smuggled in first in March 2003 through the desert near Sasabe and to Oxnard, Calif., according to the release. A month later, Ramos smuggled in the sister through Altar, Sonora, and through the desert near Sasabe.
The sister told authorities that during the trip, Ramos sexually assaulted her in the desert and she became pregnant as a result, the release said. Ages for the brother and sister were not available.
DNA tests confirm that Ramos is the father, but Ramos maintains that the sex was consensual, the news release said.
U.S. District Judge David C. Bury sentenced Ramos to 33 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.
A hearing to determine the amount of restitution to be paid to various health agencies is scheduled for September