Updated: 02/13/2014 6:29 PM
Created: 02/13/2014 6:25 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
Authorities say he lied about his name and age to lure young girls. News10NBC is uncovering troubling new information about Matthew Ringrose.
Sheriff's investigators say Matthew Ringrose of North Chili met the three victims in this case. He's charged in a 17 count indictment.
As it turns out, Ringrose has a history of targeting underage girls. News10NBC found out that he’s already on the state sex offender registry. Now he's facing these new charges which also involve at least one female victim who is less than 15-years- old.
News10NBC spoke with an investigator with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department and he says Ringrose was using the name Matthew Rose. He used his phony last name on his Facebook page. Authorities say he met the girls on social media sites like Facebook, targeting girls that may have been more vulnerable. He's 30 years old, but he doesn't list his year of birth on his profile. The sheriff's department says he lied to the victims about his age. Investigators say he then groomed them, would drive out to their homes to meet them and then engaged in sexual activity with them.
As for his past, News10NBC uncovered a certificate of conviction that shows Ringrose pled guilty to second degree rape in 2009. His victim was less than 15 years old.
News10NBC contacted the sex offender registry hotline in Albany and it turns out Ringrose is a level one, or low risk, sex offender. The Monroe County District Attorney's Office meantime, says parents need to be vigilant.
Andra Ackerman, Assistant Monroe County District Attorney, said, “The different social media sites such as Facebook, Snapchat, there are so many now that we're trying as law enforcement to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators. So it's understandably frustrating, I’m sure for parents, who need to have a tight monitoring and control of their children’s' access to social media sites because we know these perpetrators often lie about their names and their ages.”
Ringrose is also facing charges in Ontario County because that's where the victims are from. Ringrose is in the county lock-up, being held without bail. He will be arraigned next week