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Louisiana man arrested in Florida after being found hiding in teen's closet by parents

36-year-old arrested on numerous sex charges
Posted at 4:49 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 16:49:38-04

SPRING HILL, Fla. — A 36-year-old Louisiana man was arrested after being found hiding in a teen's bedroom closet in Florida.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Johnathan Lee Rossmoine was found by the teen's parents on Sunday, September 27.

Deputies said when they arrived at the Spring Hill home, Rossmoine was still hiding in the closet.

Rossmoine, according to deputies, said he would drive from Louisiana to Spring Hill several times to have sex with the teen. He added that during "this current trip, he had been in Hernando County for about five weeks and had sex with the victim on numerous occasions."

Deputies said Rossmoine and the teen victim met about two years ago on an online chat app. When they initially met online, the teen told Rossmoine they were 18 but then told him before meeting in person that they were actually 15. Deputies said the teen called Rossmoine their boyfriend.

Since August 19, according to the teen, Rossmoine would live off and on in the teen's room, hiding in the closet when their parents were home and only coming out when they were at work.

Deputies said Rossmoine also told them he and the teen victim had sex on numerous occasions in his van, which was parked near the teen's house.

Rossmoine was charged with 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 computer to lure child. His bond was set at $25,000.

The sheriff's office said additional charges are a possibility pending further investigation.