KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Disturbing new details were discovered Thursday about
child abuse at a popular Osceola County horse ranch.
While the owner, Loomes Wheeler, is still missing after
being accused of molesting a child, WFTV reporter Ryan Hughes found out one of his relatives served time in jail for abusing a young girl at Horse World in Kissimmee.
A worker at Horse World said Phillip Young is Wheeler's stepson.
WFTV found out Young was arrested in 2002 while he worked at Horse World.
Authorities said Young was charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a 12-year-old volunteer who later worked at the ranch.
He was sentenced to a year in jail and seven years on probation.
According to court papers, Young pulled the
girl's hair band out of her hair and proceeded to stick the hair band down the front of his pants.
At that time, he told the victim if she wanted the hair band
back, she would have to get it.
Reports said he also repeatedly forced the girl to perform sex acts on him.
She told detectives she was afraid to go to deputies because Young might hurt her or fire her from Horse World.
Wheeler was arrested in April and charged with molesting a child.
Another young girl also claims he molested her.
Both are relatives.
Last week, Osceola County detectives said he cut
off his court-ordered GPS ankle monitor and took off.
He hasn't been seen since.