HILLIARD, Ohio (WCMH) — Officers arrested a man Thursday afternoon who exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl on her way to school that same morning, according to the Hilliard Division of Police.
HPD charged Joseph Ennemoser, 48, with a fifth-degree felony several hours after the child told police Ennemoser got out of a white pickup truck, exposed himself to her and then drove away. She was walking to Avery Elementary. Police say she ran the rest of the way to school and went to the first adult she saw once, and they called 911.
Ennemoser, a Sugar Grove resident, is a previously convicted sex offender and has been charged with criminal child enticement. Because of his prior conviction, it is an elevated charge.
“This child did everything right in a wrong situation by running away, telling an adult, and remembering important details to pass along to police,” said Chief of Police Michael Woods in a press release.
Police are praising the girl’s courage and say her information along with police work helped lead to an arrest.
“I just want to give kudos a to the little girl who was brave and had quick thinking and also thank you to the citizen who recognized that vehicle and called us in the first place,” said Sgt. Tyler Harris with Hilliard Police.
The alleged incident happened around 8:45 a.m. on Thursday. As soon as pictures of Ennemoser’s vehicle were posted by online by police, Katie Harris started posting them as many places as she could think of. She says it’s her daughter Ennemoser is accused of exposing himself to.
“She thought she was going to be taken and the last thing she could think of is if she was ever going to see her family again and if she did get taken what she would do,” said Harris about what her daughter told her. “So she just took off running and that’s all she could think about is just running so she wouldn’t be taken.”
Harris says she is grateful for the help from Hilliard Police, Hilliard City Schools and the community.
“I’m just thankful my daughter knew what to do and that Hilliard Police were on it and that there were a lot of people watching out for my daughter,” she said.
Ennemoser admitted to some of the behavior he’s accused of, according to court documents. He’s scheduled to be in court on Friday morning.