Texas Daycare Closed After Husband Arrested For Sexual Assault
Posted on Oct 31, 2010
The husband of a long-time Texas daycare owner was arrested for sexually assaulting one of the daycare’s children in Lampasas this week – and investigators believe that the man may have been sexually abusing children at the daycare for years and even decades.
According to CBS News, 63-year-old Mylon Ralph Bramer was arrested on Friday, October 1, by Lampasas Police. He has been charged with sexually assaulting a child and indecency with a child. The child was a pupil at the in-home child care center run by his wife, Ardythe Bramer. Ardythe Bramer has been running a daycare in her home for the past twenty years.
Mylon Bramer’s bail has been set at $125,000 — $100,000 for the sexual assault charge and $25,000 for the indecency charge. The daycare has been closed, though it is unclear who closed the center. According to a statement released to the police, the arrest was made after a day care student told their parents that they had been sexually assaulted by the man. The case is now being investigated by Lampasas Police as well as Family and Protective Services and the Texas Rangers.
In the week since the investigation began, more former daycare pupils have come forward with similar stories of daycare abuse – with some of the victims with sexual abuse claims now fully grown adults.
This is the first time the 10-child daycare has ever been in violation of the state’s child care licensing division regulations.
Husband of day care owner arrested for sexually assaulting
Posted: Oct 07, 2010 3:19 PM Updated: Oct 08, 2010 4:22 AM
The husband of a Lampasas day care operator is in jail, charged with sexually assaulting a child at the day care.
Now, Lampasas Police say the sexual abuse may have gone on for years.
Police arrested 63 year old Mylon Ralph Bramer last Friday on charges of sexually assaulting a child, and indecency with a child.
A judge set bond at $100,000 for the first charge, and $25,000 for the second.
On Wednesday, the day care inside Ardythe Bramer’s home in the 900 block of Avenue C East sat shuttered, no one at home, no children anywhere on the property.
Amanda Nightingale lives across the street from the Bramers, and says, “It scares me. I don’t know, I just didn’t think that we had anything to worry about with them. We’ve talked to them several times.”
Her young son, and his friends in the neighborhood, would often go play at the small park the Bramers built next to their home.
Neighbor Amanda Barajas says, “How could somebody do that to little kids? And I trusted them, my kids went over there and played at the park all the time, and just looking at them they don’t look like the type of people like that.”
The investigation began last Thursday.
In a statement sent to KCEN HD NEWS, Lampasas Police Assistant Chief Sammy Bailey stated, “On Thursday, September 30, 2010, a citizen reported to the Lampasas Police their child made comments that day indicating the child had recently been sexually assaulted by their day care providers’ husband.”
Lampasas police then alerted the Texas Rangers, and the state’s child care licensing division, which is part of Family and Protective Services.
Julie Moody is the Department’s Public Information Officer for Region 7, covering Lampasas.
She says, “This day care is under investigation, and has closed due to the investigation.”
The Bramer’s are licensed to care for 10 children at a time, and have been open for 20 years.
Since the initial report, police have identified other victims.
Some are now adults, and the investigation continues.
Michael Nightingale, Amanda’s husband, says, “You just never know. Kids are defenseless, they like to run around and play, stuff like that, and you just can’t never be too cautious.”
There are children around the Bramer’s home often.
It sits just two blocks from Hanna Springs Elementary School.
Neighbors say teachers have dropped off their own children at the day care for years.
Moody says, “In this particular case, the investigators are looking at and evaluating the safety hazards that the children could have been placed in.”
In the 20 years the day care has been licensed, the state inspectors have never found a violation.
“Parents should visit the day care center, and meet with the care givers and or director, make unannounced visits to that particular day care,” says Moody.
However for neighbors like Barajas, “Makes you think twice about daycare sometimes. Especially people who have their own little thing going on at home.”
Before you chose any day care, Moody says to log onto www.txchildcaresearch.org.
You can research day cares in your area, and find out how they did on their state inspections.
Lampasas Police also ask anyone who suspects that they, their child, or anyone else may be or have been a victim to contact the Lampasas Police Department.
Bramer: 28 years for assault, indecency
July 19, 2011 By LISA CARNLEY Staff Writer
Mylon Ralph Bramer, 64, pleaded guilty in 27th District Court Friday to four counts of indecency with a child by contact or touching and one count of sexual assault of a child under 14.
Three cases of indecency with a child by contact and the charge of sexual assault of a child under 14 were considered separately from another case of indecency with a child by contact or touching.
Immediately after Bramer entered pleas on four of the five charges, Judge Joe Carroll sentenced the Lampasas man to 14 years on each charge to run concurrently in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.
The separate charge of indecency with a child by contact or touching netted Bramer an additional 14 years’ jail time, and that sentence will have to be served after the first 14-year sentence, according to an agreement between Lampasas County and District Attorney Larry Allison and Bramer’s lawyer, Eddie Shell of Marble Falls.
Before sentencing, the judge asked the defendant if he intended to plead guilty regardless of the range of punishment and if he agreed that he waived his right to a jury trial and admitted his confessions into evidence.
“Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty?” Carroll asked Bramer, to which the defendant responded, “Yes, sir.” Carroll then accepted each of Bramer’s guilty pleas.
The indecency charges, classified as second-degree felonies, carried a punishment of at least two years to not more than 20 years and a fine up to $10,000.
The sexual assault charge is a firstdegree felony that ranges from a punishment of not less than five years to not more than 99 years or life and a fine up to $10,000.
In addition, the district judge told Bramer he must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
Bramer, who also is responsible for court costs, waived his right to an appeal.
The charges against the Lampasas man came to light after an investigation of incidents at a local day care facility.
On Oct. 1, 2010, Bramer was arrested at his East Avenue C residence, where his wife Ardythe “Rusty” Bramer operated a day care.
The investigation showed the offenses occurred at the local day care center.
Until his court date, Bramer was in jail on bonds totaling $160,000.
Early in its investigation, the Lampasas Police Department contacted the Child Care Licensing Division of Child Protective Services and Texas Ranger Jess Ramos.
In addition, a CPS investigator was brought in on the case to assist with children who may not have attended the day care center but would have frequented the home or had a personal association with the Bramer family.
Lampasas police also worked with the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center in Burnet, where children who may have been victims are taken for forensic interviews.
Although Mrs. Bramer operated the day care, her husband was frequently at the home and facility, according to local police officials.
At the conclusion of the trial, Bramer asked the judge if he could address the courtroom, but Carroll denied the request.
The judge asked Bramer if his intent was to apologize, to which Bramer responded that it was.
“I will tell the people you are sorry and you apologize,” Carroll said.
“I remand you to the sheriff who will take you to prison,” said the judge.
Bramer then was taken into custody by Ramos and led from the courtroom.
Bramer originally was set for a series of jury trials – one on each charge – beginning this week and running through September until he entered his pleas Friday morning.
Allison said the 28-year sentence was negotiated with the defense attorney and after talking to the victims’ families. “I wanted to be sure what they were comfortable with,” he said.
“With the current administrative rules of the [parole] board, Mr. Bramer’s eligibility for review will not be up for approximately 18 years,” said Allison.
After he serves close to two decades behind bars, Bramer will be approaching his mid-80s before he is eligible for review, and Allison alluded to that playing a part in the sentencing decision.
Allison said the outcome was the best that could be hoped for in cases such as this.
“It’s always a balance,” he said. “We do feel justice was served in light of the fact that young girls might have had to testify at trials multiple times. Everyone was comfortable with the fact that they did not have to put their daughters on the stand.”