Bradenton man, 71, charged with trying to have sex with teenage boy

July 23, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A 71-year-old man has been charged with trying to have sex with an undercover police detective he thought was a 15-year-old boy, according to police.

The detective obtained Raymond Robarge's telephone number after on July 18 he provided it to two men he had approached in the 1800 block of Ninth Avenue West and offered to pay for sex, according to police.

"The suspect provided the young men with his cellular telephone number, as they told him to leave them alone," a police news release states.

Police Detective Kevin Bunch identified Robarge, who lives in the 5100 block of 14th Street West, as the suspect.

Bunch, a member of the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, communicated several times with Robarge through telephone conversation and text messaging.

"During these conversations, Mr. Robarge described in graphic detail how he wanted to engage in sexual acts, and later agreed to travel to a predetermined location within the city of Bradenton in order to meet with who he thought was a 15-year-old boy," the news release states.

Robarge was arrested Monday in the 100 block of Manatee Avenue East when he went to meet the teen.

After he was arrested, police say Robarge admitted to making the telephone calls and sending the text messages, and to traveling to meet who he thought was a boy for sex.

Robarge faces charges of traveling to meet a minor to have sex, a second-degree felony; and prohibited use of computer services or devices, a third-degree felony. He was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

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