A youth minister is accused of sending sexually explicit photos of himself to four teenage girls who were parishioners at his Northwest Side worship center, according to prosecutors.
Daniel Ramos, 29, began sending the images to the girls, who ranged in age from 12 to 17, in early 2015 about a year after starting work at the Victory Worship Center at 3750 N. Neva Ave. in the Dunning neighborhood, prosecutors said during a court hearing Tuesday.
Ramos began asking them for sex and finally did with one of the girls when she turned 18, prosecutors said. Shortly afterward, one of the other girls went to her mother, who contacted pastors at the church.
Ramos is charged with possession or exhibition of child pornography, indecent solicitation and grooming, all felonies, police said.
“We were kind of shocked,’’ said Victory Worship Center Pastor Chris Wallace. “Anytime someone gets arrested, it’s not good.’’
Ramos has not been affiliated with the center for “many months,’’ Wallace said.
Ramos, of the 7600 block of Latrobe Avenue in southwest suburban Burbank, was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
Judge Stephanie Miller prohibited him from contacting anyone under the age of 18. Ramos has a 14-year-old son, and any contact with him will need to be in the presence of another adult, the judge said. She also barred him from any internet use.
Ramos’ attorney said he’s been married for nine years.