Ohio man arrested for having sex with inflatable raft, again

Edwin Tobergta

An Ohio man has been arrested for having sex with a pool raft. This is not the first time this has happened.

Edwin Tobergta was arrested by police when a witness said they saw him performing simulated sex acts with a pink raft.

Tobergta was charged with public indecency.

There have been eight previous arrests of Tobergta, all on similar charges.

"Our officers have come in contact with him for similar circumstances, way too much," said Hamilton Ohio Police Sgt. Ed Buns. "He was arrested in 2005, 2006, twice in 2008, 2011, once 2013; I think that constitutes a pattern."

Tobergta was sentenced to 11 months in jail for a similar sex act in November of 2013. That time a mother and her 8-year-old daughter witnessed the act.

Tobergta has been charged and convicted with having sex with inflatable rafts multiple times.

Dr. Stuart Bassman is psychologist who said people who commit acts, like those Tobergta committed, suffer from a form of paraphilia. Paraphilia is the experience of intense sexual arousal from atypical objects, situations or individuals. In this case, that object was an inflatable raft. Dr. Bassman believed the best way to stop these actions was treatment, and not jail time. "The most effective way of helping someone like this is through treatment, getting them care. Because in a sense, paraphilia is a mental disorder which requires medication or a combination of group therapy," said Dr. Bassman.

Tobergta is currently being held on $35,000 bond.

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