Police: Altamonte Springs man had photos of himself having sex with teen



ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - An Altamonte Springs man was arrested on charges of photographing himself engaged in sexual acts with a 15-year-old, authorities said.

Officers said a two-month investigation revealed that Louis Ruggiero, 31, committed the sex acts repeatedly over a five-month period at his home on Camargo Way.

Ruggiero was arrested in October, accused of driving to Orange County to meet up with a young girl for sex, who was actually an undercover cop. Court documents show it was his second arrest in less than three months.

Authorities said Ruggiero let them search his home and computer, and they found photographs of thousands of females who appeared to be between 14 and 24 years old.

Authorities said they also found photos of Ruggiero having sex with a 15-year-old girl and his online correspondence with her.

It appears from the records that the girl was a high school soccer player, authorities said. She was wearing pink and white polka dot socks with panda bears on them while they were having sex, investigators said.

WFTV learned investigators were able to use the socks to identify the teen in the photos.

The girl told investigators the first time she met face to face with Ruggiero, he brought her to his apartment, and they had sex seven times. The next day, she said he took her to buy a morning after pill to prevent pregnancy.

Investigators said after the girl stopped seeing Ruggiero, he took over her Facebook account and posted lewd messages pretending to be her.

Ruggiero has been charged with 10 counts of lewd or lascivious battery, seven counts of use of a child in a sexual performance and one count of traveling to meet a minor to commit an unlawful sex act.

He was booked into the Seminole County Jail and is being held without bail.

The investigation continues and law enforcement said they believe there could be additional victims.

Anyone with information relating to potential victims is asked to call the FDLE Cyber Crimes Task Force at 407-245-0801.

To visit the FDLE computer crime center website to review tips for keeping children safe online, click here: www.fdle.state.fl.us/fc3/.