Despite saving four lives and exposing the acts of three vile criminals earlier this week, Charles Ramsey has become a target of the media looking to delve into his past. Criminal investigation website The Smoking Gun posted Ramsey's legal documents that show the Cleveland hero has been formerly convicted of domestic abuse charges, resulting in prison time.
Back in 2003, Ramsey was convicted as a felon for spousal abuse after a third altercation with ex-wife, Rochelle. The first of his domestic abuse charges began back in 1997, when Ramsey pleaded no contest in court. While waiting to be sentenced by the Cleveland Municipal Court, Ramsey was arrested once more, in the summer of 1998.
After his charges were combined in sentencing, Ramsey was ordered to serve six months in prison, given five years of probation, and entered a domestic violence counseling program. Ramsey violated his probation shortly after his release, and was later arrested in January 2003 for domestic abuse. The final charge led to the split of Ramsey and his wife, with the judge in the case putting his ex, daughter, and stepson in protective custody.
The Smoking Gun reached out to Ramsey's former wife, who has remarried and forgiven her ex-husband. She even posted old photos of Ramsey on Facebook for their daughter to see.
Revealing Ramsey's former crimes will not help him on his path to improving his station in life, nor does it make it any easier to navigate his new found fame. A fame he's reluctant – and too gracious – to accept.
While Ramsey's past was checkered, that shouldn't discredit his actions in helping to free Amanda Berry, her 6-year-old daughter, plus additional kidnapping victims, Georgina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. However, it won't be too long before critics will look to shame the man because of this latest news.