BPD Investigates Suspect After Report of Sexual Abuse of a Child

March 10, 2022

Arrested: Robert Ruesink, 79, Boise

Charges: Child Sexual Abuse of a Minor Under 16 Years of Age (F)

On Saturday, March 5, 2022, Boise Police responded to a report involving inappropriate contact between a stranger and a female victim under the age of 10.  The incident was reported to have occurred outside near S. Walnut St.  After an investigation, on Saturday officers arrested the suspect, Robert Ruesink, on charges of felony sexual abuse of a child.

“We appreciate the victim in this case coming forward and we want to remind all victims and parents to report incidents of unwanted touching and other concerning behaviors,” said Boise Police Captain Matt Jones.

Protecting our children is a priority we all share and the Boise Police Department is committed to supporting this responsibility in our community. Here are a few reminders we encourage you to review with children in your care.

  • Describe to your child what a stranger is, and talk with them about what to do if approached by a stranger. Make your child aware of the enticements used to lure children.
  • Take a walk in your neighborhood and become familiar with your neighbors and safe places to go in case of an emergency and always review the importance of avoiding shortcuts or places that could be dangerous such as vacant buildings, alleys, irrigation canals, or construction sites.
  • If unwanted contact occurs, even with someone known to your child, remind them they have the right to SAY NO, GET AWAY, AND TELL A TRUSTED ADULT.

Contact: Boise Police Media Relations

(208) 570-6180 | BPDMedialine@cityofboise.org

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