Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Todd Rimstidt - Repeat Sex Offender - Third Strike

A Bloomington man is behind bars Tuesday night for the third time for the exact same crime.

"Sick, sick...sick, very." said neighbor Billie Hundley.

Police arrested 29-year-old Todd Rimstidt early Monday morning on the city's south side. A tipster told police Rimstidt had allegedly been engaging in sexual activity with two 13-year-old boys.

According to the probable cause from the Monroe County prosecutor, Rimstidt admitted he had performed oral sex on one of the teens earlier this month. He reportedly told investigators he had given the boy a cell phone and had taken pictures of sexual activity between the two on that very cell phone inside the Macy's at the mall.
Police interviewed the 13-year-old, and - according to the same probable cause - said he had also been molested at an apartment complex and inside a car. The child said Rimstidt had promised dirt bikes and video games.
Neighbors had their suspicions...many told Fox 59 their new neighbor was often seen with young boys in the month since he'd moved in.

"I thought it was weird and just - out of the ordinary. just really kinda bizarre," said neighbor Anthony Allbritten.

"The man - when he moved in, he'd always - of course there's always little kids around him. Adults - we'd come up to him and he'd always shy away from the adults," said neighbor Eddy Austin.
Rimstidt is a registered sex offender. He has been for years. Court papers indicate he was convicted of child molestation and solicitation in 2000. He was convicted again in 2008. In fact, Rimstidt had just gotten out of jail this past May.
"I don't think they should ever see daylight again," said Allbritten.

"If they're smart, they'll throw away the key on him and never let him out," said Hundley.

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

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