Canadian gets 10+ years’ prison in Florida sex tourism case

Author: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) – A Canadian man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in U.S. prison after admitting he traveled to Florida to have sex with someone he believed was an underage boy.

A Miami federal judge also ordered Thursday that Rene Roberge of Sherbrooke, Quebec, be placed on probation for life after his release from prison. He previously pleaded guilty to four federal sex offenses.

Authorities say Roberge flew to Fort Lauderdale after making online contact with undercover investigators posing as a 14-year-old boy and his father to arrange a sexual encounter.

Agents reported finding child pornography on Roberge’s tablet computer. Officials say Roberge also planned to travel to San Antonio, Texas, to have sex with a teenage boy.

The judge recommended a prison close to Quebec.

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