Louisiana man who hid in Florida teen's bedroom closet pleads guilty to having sex with a minor

Johnathan Rossmoine, 36, was sentenced to 15 years in prison

A Louisiana man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor who was 15 at the time, in Florida

Johnathan Rossmoine, 36, was sentenced Wednesday by the Hernando County District Court. He will also receive a 10-year sex offender probation upon his release and will be required to report as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Johnathan Rossmoine entered a guilty plea in Hernando County District Court on charges of having sexual relations with a minor. Rossmoine received a 15-year sentence with the Florida Department of Corrections. Additionally, he will receive 10 years of Sex Offender Probation upon his release and be required to report as a sexual offender for the remainder of his life. 

Johnathan Rossmoine entered a guilty plea in Hernando County District Court on charges of having sexual relations with a minor. Rossmoine received a 15-year sentence with the Florida Department of Corrections. Additionally, he will receive 10 years of Sex Offender Probation upon his release and be required to report as a sexual offender for the remainder of his life.  (Hernando County Sheriff's Office Facebook)

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) responded to a call in September 2020 after parents found Rossmoine hiding in their child's bedroom. 

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Deputies determined that Rossmoine had traveled from Louisiana to Spring Hill, Florida, on several occasions to have sex with the victim. When he was arrested, Rossmoine claimed he had been there for five weeks, police said.

The 15-year-old victim referred to Rossmoine as a "boyfriend," the HCSO posted in an update on Facebook. The pair met through an online chatting app, and the victim had claimed to be 18 before admitting to actually being 15 prior to any meet-up. 

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Rossmoine would hide in the victim’s closet until the victim’s parents went to work, and he had sex with the victim in his van on numerous occasions, according to deputies. 

Deputies charged Rossmoine with four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between the age of 12 and 16 and one count of obscene communication. 

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He was held on an initial $25,000 bond but now will serve out his sentence for a sex crime.