Accused child moles tor on the run - FOX 35 News Orlando

Accused child molester on the run

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A Kissimmee businessman who was arrested and accused of sexually abusing at least two children is on the run, that's according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Loomes Wheeler, Jr. is required to wear an ankle monitor device, but investigators told FOX 35 they found the ankle bracelet in a wooded area near Wheeler's home. Now there's a warrant out for Wheeler's arrest.

Osceola County Sheriff's Office said the 70-year-old was last spotted at his home on Granada Boulevard in Kissimmee. Investigators said he lives there with his two adult children.

Investigators said Wheeler is required to wear a GPS ankle monitor as a condition of his pre-trial release.

Relatives contacted the monitoring company on Monday morning.

"They spoke with his family members who indicated that they went looking for Mr. Wheeler this morning, but could not locate him," said Twis Lizasuain, spokesperson for the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said the monitoring company located Wheeler's GPS bracelet in a wooded area near his home.

"That's when the monitoring company contacted our agency," said Lizasuain. "They told our deputies that it appeared as if around 2 a.m. this morning the device had been tampered with in some way, and we are currently working with that company to figure out what the delay was in notifying law enforcement."

Investigators said Wheeler left everything at home-- his medication, his identification, and the family car.

Wheeler was arrested on April 25th after detectives spoke with a nine year old who said Wheeler forced her to perform a sex act when she was five. Detectives said the victim also told them about other encounters that occurred at his house and at his business, Horse World Riding Stables in Kissimmee.

The Sheriff's Office said a 20-year-old also came forward and told detectives Wheeler touched her inappropriately when she was seven or eight.

"At this time there's no indication that {Wheeler} is dangerous," said Lizasuain. "His charges are very serious charges, and they do involve victims."

Wheeler is charged with nine counts of capital sexual battery, four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior, and three counts of sexual performance by a child.

Wheeler is described as a white male, 6'0", 170 lbs., with gray hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information on Wheeler's whereabouts should call the Osceola County Sheriff's Office or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS

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