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Jul-26-2007 16:07printcomments

Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League Prospect Arrested on Rape Charge

The charges stem from the victim being unable to consent to sexual activity due to her age and not due to force.

Melendez Ramos photo
Norman Joel Melendez-Ramos
Photo: Salem Police Department

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Early Thursday morning, police detectives in Salem, Oregon arrested 21-year-old Norman Joel Melendez-Ramos on charges of Rape in the Third Degree.

Melendez-Ramos is a baseball player for the Yakima Bears, a minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, that is currently in Salem for a series of games against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

Melendez-Ramos allegedly met the 15-year-old female victim following the baseball game at Volcanoes Stadium on Tuesday, July 24th.

The two spoke and exchanged phone numbers, then made arrangements to meet following the game on July 25th.

The victim came to the hotel where the team was staying at which time the two engaged in sexual activity.

The charges stem from the victim being unable to consent to sexual activity due to her age and not due to force.

Melendez-Ramos was transported and booked into the Marion County Jail for Rape in the Third Degree.

Officials with the Yakima Bears have been in touch with investigators in this case.

Information from Yakima Bears:

Full Name: Norman Joel Melendez

Birthplace: Manatt, Puerto Rico

College: Southeastern C.C., West Burlington, IA

Selected by the Diamondbacks in the 28th round of the MLB Draft in 2005.

Height: 5' 11"

Weight: 170

Bats: R

Throws: R

Highlights: Hit .275 with six RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 22 games in Dominican Summer League (Diamondbacks). Batted .235 in five games at Class A Yakima.




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JQ. August 10, 2007 1:48 pm (Pacific time)

WHAT ABOUT STOP TALKING WITHOUT KNOWING THE PERSON.HE HASNT QUESTIONABLE IMMIGRATION STATUS,HE'S AMERICAN TOO. WHATEVER IMMIGRATION STATUS OR ETNICITY DONT MATTER. I KNOW HE'S INNOCENT!!


cliff89 August 4, 2007 11:00 pm (Pacific time)

I think it is important to remember that the girl did was NOT forced to go back to the hotel. She knew exactly what she was doing. I feel bad for the poor guy.


JesseJ July 27, 2007 12:54 pm (Pacific time)

Hard for a 21 yr old when some hoochie mama throws herself at him. I bet she was right up front when he asked her age. Lots of little 15 yr old's that look and dress 18 any day of the week. Well noted he was charged because of her age and not due to force. Where were her parents???


JB July 26, 2007 8:56 pm (Pacific time)

How about defusing hispanic surname with underage girls.


SeanW July 26, 2007 7:15 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you for posting Melendez's vital stats - and thus defusing anyone who equates an Hispanic surname with questionable immigration status.

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