Emanuel Machado Ramos, 50, of Winton, was convicted by a Merced County jury on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, of six counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child between the ages 15 and 17.
Emanuel Machado Ramos, 50, of Winton, was convicted by a Merced County jury on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, of six counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child between the ages 15 and 17. Courtesy Merced County Sheriff's Office
Emanuel Machado Ramos, 50, of Winton, was convicted by a Merced County jury on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, of six counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child between the ages 15 and 17. Courtesy Merced County Sheriff's Office

Vikaas Shanker is a news reporter covering education and courts for the Merced Sun-Star and Los Banos Enterprise. He also is a data fellow of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. A Chicago area native and University of Kansas graduate, he has been reporting in Merced County since 2016.