Louisiana closet lurker arrested in Florida on child sex charges

Louisiana closet lurker arrested in Florida on child sex charges
Stock photo of a man being handcuffed. A Louisiana man is behind bars after a Florida couple found him hiding in their teenager’s closet. (Tom Farmer/Pixabay.com)

SPRING HILL, Fla. — A Louisiana man is behind bars after a Florida couple found him hiding in their teenager’s closet.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to WFTS that Johnathan Lee Rossmoine, 36, was discovered by the teen’s parents Sunday, and deputies said he had not yet come out from his ineffective hiding space when they arrived.

Investigators determined, however, that Rossmoine had been staying in the teen’s room for more than a month, WTSP reported.

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According to deputies, Rossmoine had trekked from Louisiana to Spring Hill, Florida, on multiple occasions to have sex with the minor, and during this current trip, “he had been in Hernando County for about five weeks and had sex with the victim on numerous occasions,” WFTS reported.

Rossmoine faces four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between the age of 12 and 16, and one count of obscene communication/travel to meet after use of a computer to lure a child, WTSP reported.

Investigators determined the teen victim, who called Rossmoine her boyfriend, met him two years ago on an online chat app and claimed, at that time, to be 18 but later confessed – before meeting in person – to only being 15, WFTS reported.

Rossmoine’s bond was set at $25,000.