The Columbus Division of Police has charged Jonathan Ringel, 25, of Annagladys Court in Worthington with a fourth-degree felony count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, according to court documents from the Franklin County Municipal Court.

Ringel was charged while he was in the custody of the Worthington Division of Police. Columbus police could not be reached immediately for comment, but the department's Twitter account confirmed the charges.

SEX CRIME CHARGE: 25yo Jonathan Ringel charged for masturbating in front of 2 10yo girls in the Case Rd/Sawmill Rd area. Already in jail. pic.twitter.com/nUXz9RzxN6

— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) August 17, 2017

The specific charge covers instances when a suspect sells, offers or presents in the vicinity of a juvenile "obscene or harmful" material.

According to the tweet, Ringel recently was accused of "masturbating in front of" two 10-year-old girls near Case and Sawmill roads in Columbus.

Ringel is a registered sex offender, according to the sex-offender database.

In January 2015, Ringel was convicted in a Virginia court of two counts of taking indecent liberties with minors and one count of possession of child pornography. According to reports from Virginia news outlets in 2014, Ringel was arrested after several juveniles and their parents reported him following them in his vehicle, touching himself inappropriately and exposing himself to them.

When Ringel was arrested Aug. 14, he was charged with criminal child enticement for an incident a day earlier in Worthington.

According to Worthington Sgt. Jim Moran, Ringel allegedly approached a pair of girls Aug. 13 in the 300 block of East North Street and attempted to entice them into his car.

The girls “fled into the home” to report the incident to their parents, who called police.

However, the enticement charge was dropped at Ringel's Aug. 16 arraignment because he was charged under a statute that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional during State v. Romage in 2014.

Because the Ohio legislature has yet to rewrite the portion of the statute, prosecutors could not pursue charges citing the specific portion of the child-enticement law, Moran said.

Moran said Worthington police arrested Ringel thanks to “concerned residents” who gave descriptions of the man, Moran said.

Police said neighbors heard the story and reported their 9-year-old daughter had told them about a similar incident that occurred July 12.

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Worthington Division of Police officers have arrested and charged a Worthington man who allegedly approached a pair of girls Aug. 13 and attempted to entice them into his car.

The 25-year-old man was arraigned Aug. 16 in Franklin County Municipal Court on a charge of criminal child enticement of a child under 14, according to court documents.

However, ThisWeek currently is not naming him because prosecutors dropped the charges due to a 2014 Ohio Supreme Court decision in State v. Romage that ruled a portion of the state’s child-enticement law was unconstitutional.

Because the Ohio legislature has yet to rewrite the portion of the statute, prosecutors cannot pursue charges citing the specific portion of the child-enticement law, Worthington Sgt. Jim Moran said.

Worthington police were made aware of the issue after original charges were filed.

“We knew it was going to be dismissed (after charges were filed),” Moran said. “But what we also know is that this guy has multiple convictions.”

Moran said the lack of clarity is “really putting us in a precarious position.”

“We’re hopeful that justice wins out in the end,” he said.

No other charges had been filed as of the publication of this story. Check ThisWeekNEWS.com for updates.

Worthington police made the arrest Aug. 14, thanks to "concerned residents" who gave descriptions of the man, Moran said.

According to a news release, the man approached the children on the 300 block of East North Street.

He pulled into the driveway where they were playing and asked a 9-year-old girl to get into his vehicle, police said.

The girl and her sister "fled into the home" to report the incident to their parents, who called police.

Police said neighbors heard the story and reported their 9-year-old daughter had told them about a similar incident that occurred July 12.

Moran said the children reacted appropriately.

"These two (girls) acted appropriately by fleeing the area immediately and seeking out an adult," he said. "That would be my strongest recommendation, for the (children) to separate themselves from the person immediately."

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