A Boulder man was convicted of raping a woman in her car behind a Longmont bar in 2018 following a four-day trial this week.
Edgar Ramirez-Martinez, 25, was found guilty by a Boulder County jury Thursday of sexual assault on a helpless victim and sexual assault on a victim incapable of appraising conduct.
Ramirez-Martinez is set for sentencing on Oct. 31. Both sex assault counts fall under Colorado’s indeterminate sentencing law for sex offenses, which means Ramirez-Martinez will have to complete sex offender treatment before he can apply to be released from any prison sentence.
According to prosecutors, the victim and her coworkers went to Breaker’s Bar and Grill at 380 Main St. on April 21, 2018, for a goodbye party for Ramirez-Martinez. The woman got drunk and was vomiting when Ramirez-Martinez took her to her car and sexually assaulted her in the back seat while she was unconscious.
Witnesses then saw Ramirez-Martinez flee the scene.
“There are laws to protect individuals who are incapable of giving consent,” Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty said in a statement. “This jury heard incredibly detailed testimony from the witnesses. We are grateful to them, as well as to the victim for reporting this sexual assault to the police. That can be very difficult for victims, but her courage in doing so allowed us to reach the right outcome in this case.
“This guilty verdict is a testament to the outstanding work by the police and prosecution team. We sincerely appreciate the jury’s service.”