Ringheim was said to have molested the child a few years ago. It is now surfaced and after the parents came forth with the story, law enforcement went into action. They decided to have the teen call the perp and strike up a conversation with him. During this recorded conversation Ringheim is reported to have apologized to the minor many times during the call.
Ringheim has no prior charges with the department, however, he may not be a stranger to crime as there are more suspected victims out there who haven’t come forth yet. RingHeim was an acting member in a host of religious day camps, so there would have been plenty of opportunity.
He will face the judge today.
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By Jeff Weiner
A Windermere man was arrested in Orange County on Tuesday evening, charged with sexually molesting a 15-year-old boy.
Edward Ringheim, 39, was arrested about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday and booked into the Orange County Jail without bail. He faces charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child between 12 and 15 years of age, according to an arrest affidavit.
Orange County deputies began investigating Ringheim on March 7, when they were called to the teen boy’s home by his mother. The boy told investigators that Ringheim, described in charging documents as a “family friend,” molested him on four separate occasions when he was 12 years old.
According to sheriff’s documents, the boy described in graphic detail the four alleged sexual encounters, which he said occurred at Ringheim’s house, in Ringheim’s pickup truck, at a house in New Smyrna Beach and at the victim’s home.
Investigators set up a supervised phone call with the victim and Ringheim, during which deputies say Ringheim apologized to the victim several times.
According to the affidavit, Ringheim told the boy that he “means the world” to him and he “hated that he abused that friendship.”
Ringheim went on to tell the boy that he was going to New Orleans for counseling, and was “trying to figure out why he had these feelings,” investigators said. In the call, deputies said Ringheim acknowledged specific details about the encounters.
When the teen asked Ringheim if he was sorry for touching him, investigators say Ringheim responded, “Definitely, definitely, it was something that I didn’t want to happen; it was never my goal or intention.”
Deputies said Ringheim also told the boy that there was another victim, though he didn’t give a name. The boy’s mother told investigators that she was concerned there could be other victims because Ringheim “has had a long presence with several churches’ youth programs.”
According to arresting documents, the Windermere Police Department was already investigating Ringheim when Orange County investigators got involved. He does not have an arrest history in Orange County, and is not listed in state corrections records.
He is being held in the Orange County Jail on no bail. He is facing 5 counts of Lewd and Lacivious Acts on a minor age 12-15.
Reports are in that Ringheim is now accused of molesting a third child. He is now facing 8 felony counts. Basically what that means, a third child has come forth and named Ringheim as one who molested him.