POLITICS

Canadian wanted sex with boys after near-death experience, U.S. agent alleges

11/11/2014 09:08 EST | Updated 01/11/2015 05:59 EST
A Quebec man charged in an American sting cited a near-death experience for wanting to live out his "perv" fantasy of having sex with a boy, an American special agent alleges in court documents.

In an unproven criminal complaint filed in court in Florida this week, the agent alleges Rene Roberge confessed to flying to the U.S. to have sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Roberge, 47, was arrested Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport after a flight from Montreal. He was charged with coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and travelling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

According to the complaint filed Monday by Vanessa Blanco, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, American authorities began the sting a year ago on a social networking site. An undercover agent, posed as Remy, the 55-year-old father of 13-year-old named Donnie.

Last month, a user with the handle Erick Jones — later identified as Roberge — contacted Remy, the complaint states.

Roberge, who belonged to an online chat group called "how sick and twisted are you," indicated he was looking for a dad willing to share a young boy, Blanco states.

"Roberge further states that because of his near-death experience, he has 'decided to live all (his) fantasies and go ahead to realize (his) perv dreams'," Blanco writes of an email Roberge allegedly sent last month.

He said he was willing to travel to Florida to meet Remy and Donnie for a "hot and horny time," Blanco says.

"Roberge repeatedly stated that they did not need to worry about the pain, that he would be 'kind and gentle'," her complaint alleges.

In a series of recent emails, he also apparently told Remy they didn't have to worry about condoms because he was a "clean, clean man, no disease" who always smelled good and said he had a "serious medical problem" two years ago and still walked with a cane, according to Blanco.

Roberge finally identified himself to Remy last week, the complaint filed with U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleges.

He also told the "father" he had made hotel reservations in Pompano Beach, was ready for the trip, and was "excited" to meet them.

Police in Montreal provided a criminal history, biographical data and a photograph of Roberge, Blanco says.

Blanco also indicates Roberge told her he had flown to Florida to have sex with Donnie. He had with him gifts for the boy, condoms and lubricant. A search of his iPad turned up child-porn images, according to the complaint.

Blanco says Roberge also admitted to having booked a trip to Texas to have sex with another boy.

Roberge works for TVA in Sherbrooke, Que., the broadcaster said Tuesday.

A bail hearing is set for Friday with an arraignment hearing slated for Nov. 24. He has requested a French interpreter.

His legal-aid lawyer did not immediately respond for a request for comment.