San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: March 26, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Updated: March 26, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Former Colonies corruption case defendants are accusing San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos of being a sexual predator in a full-page political ad running in at least six local weekly newspapers.

The ad pictures Ramos in a photo spread with several male celebrities recently accused of sexual misconduct, including former Miramax studio head Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, politician Al Franken, and Today Show host Matt Lauer.

The ad reads, “For years RAMOS has engaged in a series of illicit affairs with female staff within his own agency.” Below his photo, the caption reads, “San Bernardino County’s existing Sexual Predator, District Attorney Mike Ramos.”

To view the ad, click the following link: Ramos-Predators

Ramos did not respond to repeated requests for comment Friday and Monday about the ad, which repeats allegations from nearly a decade ago. His campaign manager, David Ellis, said in an email that Ramos was not going to dignify the ad with a response.

“This is another lame attempt by a couple of disgruntled rich guys trying to elect a criminal defense attorney to carry their water,” Ellis said. “Mike Ramos’ record protecting women is one of the best in California. His Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit has convicted 75 pimps who are serving 689 years in prison, including 5 life sentences.”

The ad appeared Thursday, March 22 in the San Bernardino City News, Colton City News, Grand Terrace City News, Loma Linda City News and Redlands City News. The weekly publications are part of the Grand Terrace-based City News Group.

City News Group Publisher Margie Miller said Friday that it’s a paid ad, noting that Ramos is welcome to place ads in her publications as well.

“I do believe in our First Amendment rights, and this stuff happens in the political season,” Miller said. … “I had a paid ad, and I’m not judging either way.”

She said the ad will run again in Thursday’s editions of the same publications.

Jason Anderson, a former San Bernardino County prosecutor-turned-criminal defense attorney, is challenging Ramos in the June primary. Ramos has served as the county’s top prosecutor since 2002.

Anderson, who left the District Attorney’s Office in 2014 to be a criminal defense attorney, said he was aware of allegations by several employees of sexual impropriety against Ramos when he worked for the office. He declined to comment further Friday, saying his focus was “on the future of the D.A.’s Office.”

The ad was purchased by the political action committee Business Leaders for Fair and Ethical Government, formed in February by vindicated Colonies defendants Jim Erwin and Mark Kirk to support “good government candidates,” including Anderson.

The allegations date back nearly 10 years, when the Colonies criminal case was still in its infancy. Erwin, a former county assessor, sheriff’s deputy and law enforcement labor union president, helped spread the allegations then.

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