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.
April 21, 2014
A Florida stable operator accused of child sex abuse is behind bars on U.S. soil after being nabbed by authorities in the Bahamas. On Friday, an Osceola County judge denied bond for Loomes Wheeler, Jr. who was previously a wanted man.
Wheeler was on the run since last September until his capture. He was arrested after being found on the Exuma Islands during an unrelated investigation for allegedly breaching the Immigration Act. It is unknown how or when Wheeler entered the country.
Wheeler, the owner of Horse World Riding Stables, allegedly removed his ankle monitor and fled his home in September 2013. The GPS monitor was found in the woods near his home.
Wheeler was required to wear the device as a condition of his pretrial release. He was arrested and charged in April 2013 with 9 counts of capital sexual battery, 4 counts of lewd and lascivious conduct and 3 counts of sexual performance by a child.
“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.
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 at the farm located in Kissimmee.
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