Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — MEDINA — The man who serves as the Medina Fire Department’s public information officer has been arrested following an investigation into allegations that he engaged in sexual contact with a minor, a felony offense.
Jeffrey R. Elsenheimer was charged Monday with one count of criminal sex act in the third-degree, a class E felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, after a complaint by a sixteen-year-old male who alleged that he had engaged in sexual contact with Elsenheimer.
Elsenheimer was arraigned Monday in Town of Ridgeway Court and held on $10,000 bail. According to District Attorney Joe Cardone, the felony charge will likely result in the case against Elsenheimer to continue at the county court level.
In a deposition to the Town of Ridgeway Court, the teen said he engaged in a consensual sex act with Elsenheimer, who is 31 years old. It is unlawful for a person above the age of 21 to engage in sexual act with an individual under the age of 17.
Cardone said there was credible evidence of involvement with a minor.
“The law defines endangerment as causing injury to the mental, moral and physical welfare of a child — this act was caused injury to his welfare (in all three areas),” Cardone said.
According to the deposition, the teen knew Elsenheimer first through a familial connection to the fire department. The deponent’s statement continues that he recently began dating a male friend of Elsenheimer, who allegedly proposed a sexual encounter involving all three. The allegedly proposed act did not occur according to the deposition.
The teen said he contacted Elsenheimer last week after breaking up with his boyfriend. “I just wanted someone to talk to and maybe a friend with benefits,” he says in the deposition.
That led to texting between the two and a meeting on Thursday at Elsenheimer’s residence, which allegedly occurred despite the knowledge that the act was not legal.