A Florida man was arrested after police say he forced his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son to eat feces while potty-training.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports that 56-year-old Don Reinhard was arrested in Panama City Beach, Florida, and charged with aggravated child abuse and battery of a child by throwing feces. Police allege that Reinhard forced his girlfriend’s son to eat feces as punishment for not using the toilet properly.
This is not Reinhard’s first brush with the law. In 2009, then a prominent investment adviser, he was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to several fraud and money laundering charges.
A two-year investigation by the IRS and the U.S. Trustee Program found that Reinhard had falsified his tax returns and concealed assets in bankruptcy filings.
The Panama City Beach Police Department posted the following on their Facebook page:
The Panama City Beach Police Department announces the arrest of 56 year old Don Reinhard, from Panama City Beach, Florida for the offenses of Aggravated child abuse and Battery of a child by throwing feces. The arrest stems from a report indicating that Reinhard was forcing his girlfriend’s three year old son to eat his own feces as a form of punishment during his toilet training. During the course of the investigation investigators were able to develop evidence which corroborated the allegation. Reinhard has been transported to the Bay County Jail to await first appearance.
Response to the post was swift. One user wrote, “OMGOSH what a piece of TRASH! Yes If the Mother/Girlfriend knew then she should be in JAIL ALSO! DISGUSTING People that crawl out from under rocks.”
Another added, “hopefully the guards turn a blind eye on this guy too.”
Reinhard is in jail awaiting his first court appearance.