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Well-known Ohio child psychologist busted on 145 counts relating to child porn: Attorney general

An Ohio psychologist who made a name for himself speaking and writing on child endangerment and exploitation was arrested Thursday and charged with 145 counts related to child pornography, the Dayton Daily News reported.

Last August, Greg Ramey, 70, abruptly left Dayton Children’s Hospital, where he had worked for 40 years, because of a complaint received by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Neither the hospital, where Ramey was executive director for pediatric mental health resources, nor the attorney general would provide details on the complaint at that time.

The attorney general’s office said on Thursday, however, that the hospital “immediately placed him on administrative leave and then terminated him” when they were made aware of the investigation.

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Ramey turned himself in to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning. The Greene County Clerk of Courts said his bond was set at $500,000.

“This egregious abuse of the patients’ trust, not to mention the public’s trust, from a doctor is gut-wrenchingly horrible,” Attorney General Dave Yost in a written statement released Thursday. “Young children are innocent, sweet and trusting – vulnerably fragile and in need of special protection.”

Ramey was indicted on 90 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, 27 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, 25 counts of attempted pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, and 3 counts of tampering with evidence.

According to the indictment, Ramey is accused of photographing nude minors and buying or attempting to buy child porn between January 1, 2012, and July 29, 2019. The indictment accuses him of trying to destroy or hide proof of these activities between July 1 and August 8, 2019, after he learned of the investigation.

The attorney general’s statement said that Ramey had been reported to the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and then local authorities, who launched the investigation. Ramey was subsequently “identified as the source of electronic downloads of child pornography,” the statement said.

Ramey’s arraignment is set for Friday at 1 p.m. in Greene County Common Pleas Court, WHIO reported.

The children’s hospital released a statement about the investigation, saying they “were blindsided by the allegations of inappropriate behavior in his personal life.”

“Nothing in the performance of his professional role created any suspicions,” the statement said. “We are shocked and deeply troubled by these allegations, which are in stark contrast to our mission and core values.”

Ramey had written a weekly column on parenting in the Dayton Daily News, which was distributed on the New York Times wire service, but he notified the paper last July he was stopping the column.

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[Featured image: Greg Ramey/Greene County Jail]