Disturbing: Parents Discover Worst Nightmare Hiding In Daughter's Closet
Imagine hearing noises from your little girl's room and when you go to investigate you find a middle-aged man living in her closet. That became a reality for one Florida family. The details of this case are stranger than fiction and may disturb some readers.
Police say they arrested an adult male in a 15-year-old child's room after her parents discovered him 'cowering' in the closet. Jonathan Rossmoine, 36, reportedly had first found the girl two years before while on a virtual online chat where users have 3D avatars that they use to interact with one another.
Authorities say that Rossmoine had been hiding in the teen's room for at least a month before he was discovered.
Deputies said the man admitted to traveling from Louisiana to Florida after meeting the teen online two years ago. The teen's parents later found the man hiding in their child's closet, and the victim told police he had been living there for about a month. https://t.co/i0M1Onchag
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Rossmore, who is from Louisiana, admitted to driving to meet the girl several times. He also admitted to having sex with the teen. The unnamed teen's parents said they searched the daughter's room after "hearing noises coming from the bedroom". That's when they made a terrifying discovery.
Detective Tom Cameron of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said that Rossmoine and the teen figured he would remain unknown if he simply hid in the teen's room.
"He and the young lady came up with the idea that he could just stay in her room if he hid the closet whenever the parents came in," Cameron said. "They kept the bedroom door closed and locked and whenever someone came to the door it gave them an opportunity to run and hide in the closet and open up the door to where maybe she was changing or something."
WSVN-TV reported that investigators said Rossmoine admitted to engaging in "numerous sexual encounters," which reportedly took place in his van parked near the family's home.
Newsweek reported that the teen first met Rossmoine online two years ago when she was 13. At the time, the unnamed girl reportedly told Rossmoine that she was 18. When the two finally met, however, she confessed her real age, which apparently did not deter the suspect from engaging in a sexual relationship with her.
Rossmoine was arrested on the spot and faces several charges including multiple counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. He also faces a charge of obscene communication and traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child.
Child psychologist Dr. Wendy Rice says cases like these should serve as an important reminder to parents to be aware of their child's online activity.
"Get the electronics out of the bedroom. That is key. None of us really need to be sleeping with our phones next to our beds and least of all teens," Dr. Rice said.
Rossmoine is being held on a $25,000 bond at the time of this reporting.