An officer with Immigration and Customs Enforcement was arrested for exposing himself in the Riverdale High School parking lot, according to Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies on Tuesday arrested Ruben Ricardo Rosado-Milan, who was employed by ICE as an enforcement and removal operations officer.
According to LCSO, the incident happened in December 2020. Deputies received a complaint of a man touching and exposing himself in the parking lot of the school. He fled before deputies could arrive, but a witness described his vehicle as a newer model, red F-150, which was missing a license plate.
Detectives searched Rosado-Milan’s phone with a warrant and found numerous instances of him exposing himself and in front of victims, including children.
America Romero and Rowen Fricke remember hearing about a man exposing himself to young girls in the parking lot at their school in December.
“It was very disturbing knowing that I go to that school, and that something like that could happen,” said Romero, a junior at the high school. “And that someone my age was targeted. You know, that could’ve been me.”
But they never knew who the man in the bright red pickup was, and never could have guessed he was an ICE officer.
“I think it definitely adds to the shock value,” said Fricke, a junior at the high school. “It makes it even more disturbing that someone that has that kind of status in this country and does something like that to kids is kind of messed up.”
Deputies say Riverdale High School’s parking lot is not the only place he did this. A report shows he exposed himself and touched himself in front of victims at The Forum shopping center in Fort Myers in October 2020 and at Hobby Lobby and Ulta on Six Mile Cypress Parkway in south Fort Myers in November 2020.
“It’s sick,” parent Jessie Hanson said. “I have a 15-year-old, and he’s disgusted with it too. It’s not OK.”
Hanson lives in Rosado-Milan’s neighborhood. She says she can’t believe he lived and was arrested right in her backyard.
“It makes you feel a little uneasy,” Hanson said. “Makes you kind of feel like who do you trust?”
Hanson and students at Riverdale say they are relieved Rosado-Milan was caught.
“I’m just happy that he is no longer out on the streets, and that we know that he has been detained, Romero said.
Rosado-Milan faces charges for seven counts of exposure of sexual organs, two counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition and one count of trespass on school property.
Rosado-Milan was booked into Lee County Jail and released Wednesday on $40,000 bond. A booking image will not be released because he was a law enforcement officer.