A Florida church worker’s alleged foot worship led him down the path of sin — and crime — last month.
Raymond Roland Collette, of St. Petersburg, is charged with trying to entice a minor into a sex act after allegedly asking a mother who responded to one of his many Craigslist ads if he could worship her 4-year-old’s shoes – while posing as a woman and using photos from the Facebook profile of a female church member.
Collette, 40, allegedly placed 17 Craigslist ads over the past three years looking for women’s feet to smell, reported the Tampa Bay Times. One of his recent ads said “Seeking to worship sneakers.”
The church media director’s foot fetish reportedly goes as far back as 13, when he told a psychiatrist that he spent years planning the theft of girl’s shoes after many went missing in 1985, reported the paper.
Over time, his desire for feet led him online, looking for feet and shoes to sniff.
In a recent exchange, resulting from one of his Craigslist ads, he posed as “April Love,” a woman wanting to pay for the opportunity to smell someone’s sneakers, reported the paper. A female respondent to his ad told “April Love” that she had a 4-year-old girl. Collette allegedly told the unidentified woman that he wished to worship the girl while she wore her sneakers, the paper reported.
Collette then allegedly sent her a picture of the daughter of a female church member stolen from her Facebook page, saying it was his 10-year-old niece. Next, “she” offered to “trade children sometime,” court records cited by the paper said.
The lady immediately notified the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office. Deputies assumed her online identity and began a sting operation. It didn’t take long for Collette to start talking of having sex with the child, the paper reported.
The female church member who’s daughter’s pictures Collette used said she was told by the accused pedophile that he was trying to get modeling opportunities for her, authorities told the paper.
Collette remains in custody awaiting trial.
A call to the City on a Hill Church was not answered.
A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson also could not be reached.
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