Manuel Alejandro Ramirez

Ramirez

RUPERT — A Burley man planned to meet who he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex and smoking pot, then jumped into the Snake River when he realized it was actually police officers waiting for him, court records say.

An officer who posed as a 14-year-old girl on Facebook received messages from 23-year-old Manuel Alejandro Ramirez on Aug. 5, police said. The conversation continued for several weeks and turned sexual, police said.

The officer told Ramirez he was a 14-year-old girl who liked to smoke marijuana and relax. Police said Ramirez continued to escalate the sexual conversation by discussing specific sex acts and positions and by sending him graphic sexualized animated drawings and cartoons.

The officer made plans for his persona to meet Ramirez near the Heyburn RV Park on Aug. 17, which Ramirez said was within walking distance of his home. Ramirez said they could go to the park and he knew of a hidden area on the walking path where they could smoke marijuana and have sex. The officer told Ramirez to bring condoms.

When police approached Ramirez he ran south toward the Snake River. Officers saw him throw his cell phone, a recently purchased box of condoms and a bag of marijuana into the river. The marijuana and condoms were found floating in the river and recovered by officers. His cellphone sank and was not recovered.

Police found Ramirez hiding in reeds in the river and he was arrested.

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Police say Ramirez told them that he began speaking to the girl online “due to fantasies.” He had no intention of having sex, he told police.

Ramirez is charged with felony counts of enticing a child under the age of 16 via the internet, destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

A preliminary hearing is set in the case for Wednesday in Minidoka County Magistrate Court.

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