A Rochester man was ordered held on $50,000 unconditional bail after he allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulted a woman experiencing homelessness.
Scott Wade Ramey, 56, is charged in Olmsted County District Court with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Both are felonies.
At his first appearance Friday morning, Judge Pamela King set unconditional bail at $50,000. She did not set conditional bail. Ramey's next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 20.
The 20-year-old woman reported the incidents to Rochester police after she was able escape Ramey and return to a family's residence, according to the criminal complaint. The woman told police that she was homeless in mid-November and living in Cooke Park when Ramey approached her in the park. He reportedly expressed concern for the woman's wellbeing, invited her back to his shed and assured her he was not going to "'try to have sex" with her, the complaint states.
"Ramey then began producing a pistol, a knife and a can of mace and setting them on a bench, which intimidated the victim," the complaint reads. "She reported that she felt that she 'had to follow Ramey back to his shed or he would hurt her, and she followed him back."
Ramey allegedly assaulted the woman that first night. The woman reported that she was assaulted seven times over the next few weeks before she was able to escape.
Police executed a search warrant at the storage unit where was living and reportedly found a blue blanket with obvious blood stains, consistent with the description given by the woman, as well as women's clothing, tampons, unmarked medications and bear spray.
When questioned, Ramey denied the sexual assaults and said the woman was making up the allegations because the woman and her family wanted to "jump" him. Ramey had no explanation for why they would want to "jump" him, the complaint states.