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Man who claimed 'sexsomnia' gets 30 years for molesting child

Flagler County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Caleb Ruh
Flagler County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Caleb Ruh

BUNNELL, Fla. – A Flagler Man previously convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child will spend the next 30 years in prison.

Caleb Ruh, 29, was previously convicted by a Flagler County jury on Aug. 20 after a two-day trial.

Ruh's defense at trial was that he suffered from "sexsomnia" and committed the acts while asleep. Evidence at trial showed that Ruh had touched the victim inappropriately on more than one occasion. Jurors were evidently unconvinced by the claims of "sexsomnia" and returned a verdict of guilty.

Evidence presented by Prosecutor Christina Opsahl showed that a postcard was intercepted by officials at the Flagler County jail that showed that Ruh wanted information about nations without extradition agreements with the U.S. and where marijuana is legal. Opsahl argued this raised issues about Ruh being a flight risk.

Circuit Judge David Walsh imposed the 30-year sentence after hearing a letter written by the victim in the case and from several witnesses that testified on Ruh's behalf.

Upon Ruh's release from prison, he will be placed on sex-offender probation for the remainder of his life. Conditions of his probation include no contact with minors. A $15,000 statutory fine was also imposed by Judge Walsh. Ruh will also be classified as a sexual predator.