A Medina firefighter and part-time Orleans County emergency dispatcher with a long history of working with children has been charged with performing sex acts last week at his home and in the village fire station with a 16-year-old boy.
Jeffrey L. Elsenheimer Jr., 31, of East Center Street, public information officer with the village fire department, was charged this week with two felony counts of committing a criminal sexual act, two felony counts of promoting and possessing a sexual performance of a child, two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a single count of official misconduct.
Joseph F. Sacco, supervising investigator for the Orleans County Major Felony Task Force, said Wednesday that investigators got a warrant and examined Elsenheimer’s cellphone, on which they found text messages and nude pictures of the 16-year-old boy that had been sent to Elsenheimer while he was on duty in the Medina fire station last week.
Orleans County District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone said the teen gave two statements to Medina police officers.
“The first cases involved charges that [Elsenheimer] was sexually involved with the victim,” Cardone said. “Now, there are additional counts involving sexual performance of a child and possession of the sexual performance of a child.”
The official misconduct charge was filed because of alleged incidents in the fire hall, the district attorney said. Elsenheimer, who had worked for the Medina Fire Department for the past six years, was put on paid administrative leave and removed from his job as a dispatcher with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked for the past 11 years.
According to a Town of Ridgeway Court complaint obtained by The Buffalo News, Elsenheimer originally was charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child, and was accused of performing a sex act on the teen in Elsenheimer’s village home. He was arraigned on those charges last Thursday and released after posting $10,000 bail.
Medina police filed additional charges Tuesday after the boy gave them a second statement.
Elsenheimer was ordered held in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond. His next court date is Friday.
In his statements to police, the boy said Elsenheimer called him “jail- bait” more than once.
According to information posted online by Elsenheimer, he had worked as a camp counselor and health director at Camp Kenan in Barker and also had worked as a third-grade teacher in the Kendall Central School District from 2002 to 2005. He also had been working recently as a substitute teacher, Cardone said.
Camp Kenan Executive Director Mark Albiez said Elsenheimer grew up at Camp Kenan as a camper and a camp counselor and also taught the campers but had not worked with children as a counselor there since 2003. Because of his emergency medical training background, Elsenheimer did work one week as a camp nurse in 2010, Albiez said.
An investigation in the criminal case is continuing.
Sacco and Cardone said they have not received any other complaints but urged anyone with pertinent information to call the Medina Police Department at (585) 798-5602.