Forty-year-old Raymond Roland Collette has been seeking womens’ shoes to sniff since he was 13, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.
The St. Petersburg man reportedly placed 17 ads over three years on Craigslist in search of ripe ladies footwear to satisfy his foot fetish. The ads that mostly say he wants to smell the feet of women, include one that allegedly ran in March that said: ”Seeking to worship sneakers.”
As a 13-year-old, Collette allegedly plotted for two years to steal a girl's sneakers, according to his psychiatrist’s 1985 report to police. It seems there were other girls back then who reported their footwear disappearing. According to his psychiatrist, young Collette put rusty nails in one girl's sneaker, placed it on her lawn and told her where it was in a phone call, according to the Times report.
However Tuesday, Collette's smelly feet obsession was upgraded to his federal indictment charging him with trying to entice a minor to have sex. Collette, media director of the City on the Hill Church in St. Petersburg, according to the Times, was arrested last month and is being held without bail. The church has not responded, according another report by the The Ledger.com.
Events unfolded after a woman, identified only as K.K. in court documents, contacted Collette, who was posing as a woman under the handle of “April Love.” His ad indicated he might be willing to pay for the opportunity to smell someone’s sneakers.
According to Pinellas County sheriff’s detectives,"April Love" mentioned K.K.'s 4-year-old daughter. Collette "expressed (his) wishes to worship (the girl) wearing her sneakers," according to a Homeland Security Investigations affidavit.
Court records show Collette, still posing as a woman, sent K.K. a picture of "April Love" with a 10-year-old niece and suggested “trading children” for a while.
After that exchange, K.K. called the Sheriff's Office and a case detective got permission to assume her online identity in order to communicate with Collette.
Detectives discovered Collette had actually sent K.K. a picture of a member of his church congregation from her Facebook account which led to their being able to identify Collette.
Authorities say the church member told them Collette once told her he was attempting to get her daughter a job modeling sneakers.
Online communications between detectives posing as K.K. and Collette quickly turned to conversations about having sex with K.K.'s child, according to police.
In one exchange, Collette told K.K., "I would like to worship (her) sneakers while she wears them, teach her to worship mine."