Driving instructor charged with sexual assault

Photo Credit: Providence Police

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a teen driving student told officials she was sexually assaulted during a driving lesson.

Hector Ramirez, 65, has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault in connection to the allegations. His alleged victim is a 19-year-old Providence woman – a student of the Providence Driving School where Ramirez is employed.

According to police, the incident occurred on January 23. During her first driving lesson the woman accepted a mint offered to her by Ramirez, which resulted in her entering a state of dizziness, according to an affidavit accompanying an arrest warrant.

After the teen told Ramirez she was too tired to drive, he told her to pull the car over, reassuring her that “everything is OK,” the police report states.

The victim told police that as she was falling asleep behind the wheel she felt her driving instructor feeling her breasts and the inside of her pants.

After 10 missed phone calls from her sister as to why she was an hour late, the woman awoke in the passenger’s seat outside her home with her hair undone, according to the affidavit.

Her family promptly called the police and brought her to Women and Infants Hospital.  Major David Lapatin confirmed that investigators are awaiting results from the pending hospital reports to see if what was in the mint made her pass out.

Ramirez was arrested on January 31 and arraigned Monday. He was released on bail with an order to avoid females under 20.

Lapatin has confirmed additional students are being questioned about their experiences with Ramirez as well.

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