CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Massachusetts man is facing federal charges after admitting to traveling to West Michigan to have sex with two underage girls.
Jonathan Ryan Ledoux, 30, is charged with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Ledoux was arrested at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on Friday. Authorities say he was carrying sexual paraphernalia in his bags.
His arrest came approximately four months after he began detailing his sexual fantasies in an online chatroom and through the Kik app to a person he believed was the mother of a 14-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl. That person was actually an undercover Homeland Security agent based in Grand Rapids.
During the graphic conversations, authorities say Ledoux outlined his fears that he may be targeted in a “To Catch a Predator”-type operation. Ledoux said if that was the case, he would “go perfectly quietly” out of fear his elderly parents would learn of the circumstances of his arrest, the probable cause states.
Authorities say after his arrest, Ledoux confessed that he traveled to Grand Rapids with the intention of having sex with both underage girls. He also admitted the online accounts used for the sexual conversations were his.
Ledoux’s next federal court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
PROTECTING YOUR KIDS
Chris McKenna, the founder of West Michigan-based internet safety organization Protect Young Eyes, says sexual predators gravitate to wherever kids are online.
He told 24 Hour News 8 that communication is key for parents worried about their children becoming victims.
“Ask your son or daughter, ‘Have you ever run into somebody who you didn’t know who tried to talk to you?’ You will learn a ton about kid,” he said. “Not in an accusatory way. Not in a, ‘I’m so disappointed’ way. You’ll learn a lot about them if you ask questions based on some of the things that you’re seeing in some of these news stories.”
There are several resources for parents on ProtectYoungEyes.com.