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Quebec man set to plead guilty in Florida sex tourism case

MIAMI – A Canadian man is scheduled to plead guilty to charges he travelled to Florida to have sex with someone investigators say he believed was an underage boy and also planned a similar trip to Texas.

A change of plea hearing was set Monday afternoon for 47-year-old Rene Roberge of Sherbrooke, Quebec, who had previously pleaded not guilty. Roberge’s lawyer had said a plea deal was likely to end the case without a trial.

Authorities say Roberge flew to Florida after making contact on the Internet with undercover investigators posing as a 14-year-old boy and his father to arrange a sexual encounter. Agents also allegedly found child pornography on Roberge’s tablet computer.

Roberge is also accused of planning to travel to San Antonio, Texas, to have sex with a teenage boy.

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