St. Petersburg Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Using A Computer To Solicit Sex With Four-Year-Old Child
Tampa, FL - U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sentenced Raymond Roland Collette (40, St. Petersburg) last week to 14 years in federal prison for using his computer to solicit and arrange for sex with a four-year-old child. The court also ordered Collette to forfeit the computer he used to commit the offense. Collette pleaded guilty on November 20, 2102.
According to court documents, between March 2012 and July 2012, Collette posted an advertisement on craigslist seeking a person that would allow him to engage in acts related to his sexual fetish involving shoes. Collette began communicating online with a citizen identified as “KK.” During the chats, “KK” discussed that he had a girlfriend with a four-year-old daughter, identified as “C.” Collette then directed his attention to the child and began discussing his desires to obtain custody of “C,“ and engage in sex acts with her. Once Collette turned the chat toward sex with the child, “KK” alerted law enforcement. Subsequently, Collette unknowingly continued his conversations with an undercover detective. During the online conversations, Collette suggested that he and “KK” swap children for sexual purposes. Collette also chatted about how he would enjoy watching the children engage in sex acts with each other.
This case was investigated by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as part of their joint effort on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda C. Kaiser.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."