MERIDIAN -- A Meridian man has been arrested for the second time in two weeks for sexual battery of a minor.
Robert Ramella, 39, was arrested at his home in Meridian Tuesday night and booked into the Ada County Jail.
He is charged with six felonies, including sexual battery of a minor child 16 or 17 years of age, possession of sexually exploitative materials and sexual exploitation of a child.
Lt. Mike De St. Germain with the Meridian Police Department says their investigation began last month when officers learned that Ramella arranged to meet a 16-year-old girl at a Boise mall. The two had been communicating through a phone app that helps people hook up. After meeting the girl at the mall, De St. Germain says Ramella took her to his home in Meridian where they had sexual contact.
Ramella was originally arrested on Friday, March 28 and charged with sexual battery of a minor child 16 or 17 years of age. He was arraigned on Monday, March 31 and appointed a public defender. The judge set bond at $200,000. On Wednesday, April 2, Ramella posted bond and was released from jail.
De St. Germain says during Ramella's first arrest officers seized a computer and his cell phone. It took time for detectives to get the information downloaded, but once they did, they learned there may be more victims. The case was given to the grand jury, which returned an indictment for six felonies and one misdemeanor charge against Ramella. An arrest warrant with a $1 million bond was issued and Ramella was taken into custody for a second time.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. on April 15 in Ada County.
De St. Germain says the investigation is ongoing.