YOUNGSTOWN -- An Austintown woman accused of raping two children under the age of 13 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney handed the sentence down to Connie Ramirez, 43, after she pleaded guilty to a bill of information.
Ramirez was also designated a Tier 3 sex offender, requiring her to register with authorities after she is released from prison. She pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and a count of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.
Prosecutors say they first became aware of Ramirez while investigating allegations of abuse by William F. Brock, 65, of Mason Street, Niles. Last week, a Trumbull County grand jury indicted Brock, who has reportedly referred to himself as Santa Claus, on 35 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. He is being held at the Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.