Monday, July 13, 2009

Choir Teacher Ramiro Lozano Arrested for Sexual Exploitation

A 46-year-old former middle school choir teacher has been indicted on three counts of sexual exploitation of children and two counts of possession of child pornography, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Ramiro C. Lozano was expected to surrender to authorities on Tuesday for an initial court appearance.

Susan Fox, assistant superintendent for human resources at the Brownsville Independent School District, said Lozano's employment at Besteiro Middle School has been terminated since the allegations surfaced.

The indictment, returned July 7 and unsealed Thursday, alleges Lozano coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to create images. Investigators say he had pornographic images of children on his laptop and desktop computers.

If convicted, Lozano faces 15 to 30 years in prison for each sexual exploitation charge and up to 10 years in prison for each of the possession charges.

It was unclear whether Lozano had an attorney.

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