Michigan man sentenced to life in prison after traveling to Destin to have sex with a minor

PENSACOLA — A 56-year-old man was sentenced in federal court Friday to life in prison after he traveled from Michigan to Destin to have sex with a child, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Ronald Roscoe, was sentenced for attempted enticement of a minor, travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and transporting material involving sexual exploitation of minors.

"It's hard to imagine the level of depravity that leads someone to try to entice an adolescent into a sexual encounter," Lawrence Keefe, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, said in the press release. "The depth of moral corruption behind this scheme is the reason the U.S. Attorney's Office is unyielding in its prosecution of these predators."

In September 2018, an undercover Okaloosa County sheriff’s investigator began chatting online to identify people interested in exploiting children, according to the press release. A man later identified as Roscoe sent a private message via a social media platform to the investigator, who was posing as a 12-year-old girl. Over the next month, Roscoe discussed engaging in sexual activity with the investigator posing as the girl and about meeting "her" in Florida.

During the week of October 15, 2018, Roscoe informed the “girl” that he had purchased an airplane ticket to fly from Michigan to Florida to engage in sexual activity with her over the upcoming weekend, the release said.

Deputies located a hotel in Destin where Roscoe had reserved a room, and Roscoe was arrested at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. A search of his cellphone revealed child pornography images and videos depicting children under 12 years old, according to the press release.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Sheriff's Office and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.