CLEVELAND - Can a person redeem himself or herself with a single act?
Charles Ramsey, the man credited with helping three women escape from a Cleveland home where they were sexually assaulted for a decade, may be proof that it is possible.
A new report by TheSmokingGun.com indicates that the overnight social media darling who shot to stardom after a 911 call to Cleveland police and multiple TV interviews served time in prison for three separate domestic violence convictions.
Ramsey served prison time in 1998 for a pair of domestic abuse charges and saw his marriage end in divorce following a 2003 felony conviction for battering his wife, according to court documents.
The 43-year-old said during one of the interviews that he “figured it’s a domestic violence dispute” when he heard captive Amanda Berry screaming, seeking help to escape from Ariel Castro’s Seymour Avenue home on Monday.
Ramsey has also reportedly said that he went to help Berry because he “was raised to help women in distress.” He told TV station WKYC in Cleveland that "There was a woman in distress, so why turn your back on that? My father would've whooped the hell out of me if had found out that I cowered out."
His first domestic violence charge came in February 1997 . Court documents show that he entered a no contest plea a year after his initial arrest and was found guilty of the count by a Cleveland Municipal Court judge. Court records also show that police arrested Ramsey for another domestic violence incident while awaiting sentencing.
Ramsey was ordered to serve six months in jail, placed on five years probation, and ordered to attend a domestic violence counseling program, according to the TSG article .
The report also shows that he faced new domestic abuse charges in January 2003 after he was indicted for felony “domestic violence with prior conviction.” His ex-wife, Rochelle, told a TSG reporter during an interview that she and Ramsey were involved in a series of “domestic disputes” that led to her ex-husband’s arrest.
The article indicates she filed for divorce in 2003, while Ramsey was incarcerated in state prison. Rochelle accused Ramsey of “gross neglect of duty” and “extreme cruelty” in her divorce complaint, TSG reported.
After pleading guilty to the felony abuse charge, court documents show that Ramsey was sentenced to eight months in prison and ordered, following his release from custody, to be placed on “post release control” supervision for the maximum term allowable by Ohio law
Rochelle told TSG that Ramsey eventually apologized for the incidents.
He has also promised to donate any rewards he receives for helping with the investigation and proceeds from the sale of t-shirts that have his likeness to the kidnapping victims, Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, according to Scripps sister station NewsNet5.com .
So, has Ramsey’s action earned him redemption for his past indiscretions by helping to reunite Berry, DeJesus and Knight with their families? Leave a comment in the section below.
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