A Canadian man is scheduled to plead guilty to charges he traveled to Florida to have sex with someone investigators say he believed was an underage boy and also planned a similar trip to Texas.
A change of plea hearing was set for Monday afternoon for Rene Roberge, 47, of Sherbrooke, Quebec, who had previously pleaded not guilty. Roberge’s lawyer had said a plea deal was likely to end the case without a trial.
Roberge was arrested last November after authorities claimed he made hotel reservations in Pompano Beach after making contact on the Internet with undercover investigators posing as a 14-year-old boy and his father to arrange a sexual encounter.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents said they found child pornography on Roberge’s iPad, and authorities said they found lubricant, condoms and gifts in his luggage.
Roberge is facing charges of enticement of a minor and traveling to the United States with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. The charges carry a mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentence and potentially life behind bars.
Roberge is also accused of planning to travel to San Antonio, Texas, to have sex with a teenage boy.