Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Man sentenced to 14 years for trying to set up sex with child

TAMPA — A St. Petersburg man was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison Friday for trying to arrange sex with a 4-year-old.

It started with a foot fetish.

Raymond Roland Collette, 40, placed ads on Craiglist, saying he wanted to smell the feet of women.

A March ad said, "Seeking to worship sneakers."

It was a longtime fetish, according to records going back to 1985 — something he had acted on since he was a teen.

This time, though, he drew the attention of law enforcement after a woman, identified only as K.K. in court documents, responded to one of Collette's ads in March.

Collette, according to Pinellas County sheriff's detectives, was posing as a woman with the online identity of "April Love," and indicated he might be willing to pay for the opportunity to smell someone's sneakers.

K.K. told "April Love" she had a 4-year-old daughter. Collette then "expressed (his) wishes to worship (the girl) while she is wearing her sneakers," an FBI affidavit said. Collette, still posing as a woman, sent K.K. a photo supposedly showing "April Love" with a 10-year-old.

Collette suggested they "trade children sometime," court records say.

That's when K.K. called the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies posing as K.K. started communicating with Collette online, and he quickly escalated to talk of having sex with K.K.'s child, authorities said.

He was arrested on one count of enticing a child for sex, and he pleaded guilty in November.

A federal judge recommended that Collette be provided "major mental health counseling" in prison.

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