REDSTONE TOWNSHIP, PA – Most people recall fond memories of the ice cream trucks rolling through their neighborhood, but the only memories one 12-year-old girl in Pennsylvania will have of these musical, frozen treat dispensers is having been raped in one.
According to the affidavit, Ronald Burwell III and a 12-year-old girl were selling ice cream in June. The co-owner of this particular ride stated that drivers bringing kids along with them is something a lot of the drivers do. He also stated Burwell presented the girl as a family member, and had only been working for F & S Ice Cream for about three weeks. “She would call him ‘Dad’ around the yard when we were loading up trucks and things. There’s something bloodcurdlingly creepy going on there,” the co-owner’s son said.
Ronald “Ronnie” Burwell’s activities were discovered after the girl and her mother went to the police on Wednesday, September 4th to report the sexual assault. The girl told detectives that a few days before the rape, she and Burwell were already going into the back of the ice cream truck kissing and discussing using protection during sex.
She stated that on August 22, she went to the a convenience store and bought a condom from a restroom machine. Once she and Burwell were done selling ice cream for the day, the two travelled to a remote area and pulled onto a back road where they performed oral sex on each other before having intercourse. Although the relationship between Burwell and the girl is still unclear, the girl told police that she came to know Burwell through his job delivering ice cream.
One day after the police report was filed, the investigation revealed an empty box of condoms on the floor of the truck and “Ronnie” was arrested for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of a minor.
These new charges should land him in the pokey for much longer than his last prison stint, in which he was sentenced to 1-12 months after pleading guilty to child endangerment charges. In that incident, Burwell was holding a four-year-old boy in his arms while waving a 9mm pistol. It is not clear how much time he actually served for that conviction. Burwell has yet to be arraigned for his new shenanigans but is being held in Fayette County Jail, unable to post his $100,000 bond. He will be back in court today for his preliminary hearing.
At first glance, the wording of the charge “involuntary deviate sexual intercourse,” appears to be a severe reduction of a rape charge . In the state of Pennsylvania, IDSI with a complainant less than 13 years carries a mandatory sentence of not less than 20 and not more than 40 years’ imprisonment. Coupled with his history and the other charges, I’m guessing it will be a long time before Burwell will be able to serve any more Screwballs to 12-year-old girls.Tags: Child Molestation, Crime, ice cream, Pedophile, Pennsylvania, Rape, Ronald Burwell