Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Florida sex offender with Kanakuk ties sentenced to 15 years in prison

A Florida sex offender with ties to the Branson-based Kanakuk Kamps, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of seven felony sex charges involving underage boys.

Edward Ringheim, 41, Windermere, Florida, allegedly treated his victims to free trips to Universal Studios by using his employee pass, one of the victims told authorities.

Parents also allowed Ringheim to accompany their children to Kanakuk's Branson facility, according to published reports. Investigators say he brought about 30 children to Kanakuk for summer camp over a four-year period. One of the boys he took to Kanakuk was one of Ringheim's victims, authorities said.

Ringheim has appealed his conviction, according to Orange County, Florida, online records.


Anonymous said...

This camp, with it's history of sex abuse, should be closed down, never to be open to the public again.

JudyJones said...

Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or may have been harmed by Edward Ringheim, will also find the courage and strength to speak up and contact police, no matter how long ago the abuse happened.
Keep in mind that child predators rarely have only one victim. And your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc."