Florida authorities are searching for the owner of Horse World Riding Stables, who is an accused sex offender. They say Loomes Wheeler, Jr. removed his ankle monitor Monday and fled his home.
Osceola County Sheriff deputies responded to Wheeler’s home at 9AM after receiving a call from the ankle monitoring company. Family members called the company after they couldn’t find Wheeler in the house. The ankle monitor was found in a wooded area near the home.
Deputies say the monitor alerted the company at 1:49 a.m. that there was a problem. Now, officials say they want to know why it took hours for the company to call them regarding the breached system.
Wheeler is required to wear the device as a condition of his pretrial release. He was arrested and charged in April with 9 counts of capital sexual battery, 4 counts of lewd and lascivious conduct and 3 counts of sexual performance by a child.
The Osceola County Sheriff Department’s investigation began when a 9 year-old came forward alleging she was sexually battered by Wheeler. She says it started when he forced her to perform a sex act on him when she was 5 years-old.”She said he “raped” her in his motorhome and he would take her to the ranch and rape her. She described rape as being touched in a way you don’t want to be” according to the court filing.He was released on $115,000 bond.
Wheeler is also charged with 3 counts of lewd or lascivious molestation in a second case. Wheeler’s alleged victim and relative, now 20-years old, states the abuse began when she was six or seven. The last incident occurred when she was 16.
According to the arrest affidavit, she “said one of the reasons she never told was because he would use the horses against her.”
Wheeler opened his riding business in 1992, according to the stable’s website, which is branded as a “Florida family friendly attraction.” Services advertised include trail riding, scout and riding lesson programs.
Wheeler is described as a 70-year old white male, 6’0”, 170 lbs. with gray hair and green eyes. He was last seen in the area of Granada Boulevard in Kissimmee.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477).
Calls made to Crimeline are anonymous and eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 dollars.