Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Michael Harold Riffel - Repeat Sex Offender Caught Luring Girl

A registered sex offender has been arrested after trying to lure an 11-year-old girl into his vehicle, according to Hamilton police.

Michael Harold Riffel, 55, of the 1500 block of Cleveland Avenue, was arrested Sunday, June 22, and charged with criminal child enticement, according to police records.

Police said Riffel was driving his truck on South 12th Street when he approached an 11-year-old girl stating, "Get into my car or I'll hurt you."

Riffel is a "Tier III" sex offender, meaning that he must register his address and place of employment with police every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Riffel was released from prison in August 2006 after serving more than 20 years for violating parole on a rape conviction, according to the Ohio Department of Corrections. Riffel was convicted of raping a female victim in 1980, then violated conditions of his parole in 1983 by committing gross sexual imposition, according to ODC records.

In February, Riffel failed to notify the Butler County Sheriff's Office of a change of address, according to court records.

Riffel is being held in the Butler County Jail on $15,041 bond. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Friday, June 27, in Hamilton Municipal Court.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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