Second woman raped during ‘spiritual cleansing,’ officials say

A man charged in April with raping a woman in a Santa Ana, California motel room under the pretense of performing a “spiritual cleansing” involving raw eggs has been charged with sexually assaulting a second woman using the same ruse.

The Los Angeles Times reports

Alberto Flores Ramirez, 36, allegedly met his first victim on an online dating site and lured her to the Aloha Motel by telling her he could help bring her children to California from Mexico.

The victim told authorities that the man said he would perform “a spiritual cleansing on her to get rid of her negative vibes,” according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.  

Ramirez is accused of rubbing raw eggs on the victim’s body and fondling her and then sexually assaulting her. A second victim came forward after seeing reports of the first case on a Spanish-language television station, authorities said Friday.

The second women allegedly told investigators that she also was lured by promises of a “spiritual cleansing” and met the suspect at the same Santa Ana motel in February.

Ramirez, authorities said, poured ammonia on the second victim’s head while she was lying on the bed, causing her to become dizzy and disoriented. He then raped her, they said.

OC Weekly says

According to prosecutors, he met the woman on Facebook before exchanging texts and emails, and at one point he is accused of telling her his spiritual cleansing would improve her love life.

The woman and a friend rode a bus to Orange County to meet in person with Ramirez, who asked them to bring eggs and ammonia for the cleansing. They went to the same Santa Ana motel where, as the friend waited outside a room, the 49-year-old was instructed to strip, which she did down to her bra and panties.

Here’s where it gets weird: Ramirez allegedly had her lay on the bed as he poured ammonia on her head. The fumes made her dizzy and disoriented, at which point Ramirez is accused of removing his clothes and trying to force the woman to blow him. He then orally copulated and raped her, according to the OCDA. [...]

[I]nvestigators are seeking other possible victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714.347.8794 or Santa Ana Police Det. Rick Perez at 714.245.8379.

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