NORRISTOWN >> A judge has sent a 19-year-old Norristown man to state prison for up to two decades for attempting to rape a 12-year-old girl in the borough.
Quamir Nafis Ramsey, of the 300 block of East Marshall Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to eight to 20 years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of attempted rape of a child and unlawful contact with a minor in connection with a January 2017 incident at a residence in the borough.
Judge Gary S. Silow, who accepted a plea agreement in the case, also ordered Ramsey to complete 10 years’ probation after he’s paroled, meaning Ramsey will be under court supervision for 30 years.
Ramsey also faces a lifetime requirement to report his address to state police once he’s released from prison. The judge also ordered that Ramsey undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation during his incarceration.
County Assistant District Attorney Lauren Marvel sought the state sentence against Ramsey.
“While he wasn’t successful in raping her, he stole her innocence. He subjected her to pain and humiliation that no person should ever feel, let alone a 12-year-old girl,” Marvel said. “A significant state sentence was crucial because he needs to know that as long as he’s sitting in jail, it’s going to affect her longer. Justice I think was served with a long and significant sentence.”
An investigation of Ramsey began on Jan. 29 when Norristown police received a report that Ramsey had inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old girl who was in his company at a borough residence. The girl told detectives that she was asleep on a sofa when she awoke to find Ramsey, who knew the girl’s family, touching her inappropriately.
The inappropriate contact escalated to the point Ramsey attempted to rape the girl, according to the criminal complaint filed by former Norristown Detective Kathleen Kelly who recently was promoted to be a county detective. The girl struggled with Ramsey, managed to get away and Ramsey eventually stopped the assault.
The girl subsequently told her parents about the assault and the girl was examined by a doctor. Police were notified.
“By fighting back, by struggling, she was able to get away. This little girl is incredibly brave. This little girl was brave enough to tell…and to be willing to stand up to him if it had come to a trial. That is unfathomable courage for a 12-year-old girl to have,” Marvel said.
During the investigation, detectives uncovered text messages that Ramsey sent to a relative of the girl after the assault, messages that were incriminating in nature. In one message, Ramsey stated he knew the victim’s family was “gonna (sic) press charges” against him and that he “deserve it,” according to the criminal complaint.
The judge ordered Ramsey to have no contact with the victim and her family. Ramsey also is prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with minors while serving the sentence.