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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Ramon Gottfreid, 54, resigned from his position as a civilian corrections assistant within hours of being arrested Oct. 2 for exposure of sexual organs.
A detective observed Mr. Gottfreid in the men's restroom at Treasure Shore County Park, 11300 A1A, exposing his genitals in a manner consistent with one seeking sexual activity from another. The detective was in a stall in the restroom and noted there were several holes which had been made in the stall dividers. The detective observed Mr. Gottfreid masturbating in the stall, before he left and returned to the urinal where he masturbated in front of a peephole between the urinal and the stall occupied by the detective. Investigators noted this is a common practice for those participating in 'cruising,' a term for seeking sexual activity from others in the same restroom. Mr. Gottfreid then exited the restroom a second time and returned a few minutes later. He then stood in front of the same peephole, knowing that the stall was occupied. He did not, however, expose himself for a third time. When the detective identified himself, Mr. Gottfreid admitted to exposing his sexual organs.
This restroom is tagged with graffiti and peepholes indicative of an area common for 'cruising.'
He was arrested and booked into the county jail for the misdemeanor charge of exposure of sexual organs. He posted the $500 bond and was released last night.
Mr. Gottfreid was hired as a civilian corrections assistant January 5, 2007. He resigned his position with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office Oct. 2 while in the booking area by means of a hand written note which he gave to a jail administrator. His court date is scheduled for Nov. 5.