Ashtabula man arrested, accused of abusing child at beach

Joshua Eisengart

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — A man was accused of abusing a child at a beach over the weekend while he was suspected of being under the influence of drugs.

Joshua Eisengart, 33, of Lake Road West, Ashtabula, was arrested on charges of endangering children, according to a police report.

Eisengart, who tested positive for amphetamines while in the county jail, was scheduled to appear for arraignment Monday in Ashtabula Municipal Court.

A sheriff’s deputy was called to the Lakelands Community Private Beach, Lakeview Drive, Friday at 4:45 p.m. by people who saw a man being verbally and physically aggressive to a 4-year-old child, according to a police report.

Eisengart is accused of grabbing the child by the neck and repeatedly dunking her head under water as she looked at witnesses “with a look of fear and distress,” a police report states.

Witnesses captured the incident on video, and one reported that initially the man and child were playing in the water in what appeared to be normal behavior.

However, a short time later the man’s behavior appeared erratic and one of the witnesses, a behavioral teacher, reported that she recognized the behaviors Eisengart projected toward the girl as sexual.

Eisengart began to clap and scream profanities and at points he would moan while his eyes were closed, the witness reported. He then started thrusting toward the girl in the water while yelling sexual expletives at her, the report states.

“He was then observed tickling her very close to her inner thighs and then put his hand around her neck and dunked her under water 2-3 times,” the witness wrote. “There were multiple occasions where her face appeared distressed.”

Another witness said the girl screamed for him to stop as he continually dunked her in the water.

After dunking her, Eisengart reportedly sat on the beach with her in his arms while loudly singing “Rockabye Baby” and making loud whooping noises and wild movements. 

“He whipped her in the head and said ‘(expletive) you,’” the witness reported.

“He was screaming profanities and violently ‘playing’ with his daughter in the water.”

A deputy reported that Eisengart’s agitated and hyper behavior was consistent with someone under the influence of meth.

Eisengart has open cases in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court on charges of having weapons under disability and aggravated possession of drugs.