According to the Fall River Herald News, a 30-year old Diman graduate has been arrested in Grand Rapids, Michigan and indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he flew there expecting to rape two young girls, ages 9 and 14, after messaging an undercover federal agent in an incest chatroom.
Jonathan Ryan Ledoux of 60 Stockton Street located across the street from the John E. Boyd Center for Child Care and Development boarded a flight on March 22 from Logan International Airport in Boston and landed at Gerald R. Ford International Airport where he was arrested by federal agents.
Ledoux was posed a serious danger to the public and a flight risk leading to the denial of his bail. He was handed a two-count indictment charging him with attempted coercion of minors across state lines for allegedly planning to rape the young girls which could land him in prison for up to 40 years. He plead not guilty to the charges, though admitting to investigators he traveled to Michigan to have "sexual intercourse" with the girls.
On November 16, 2018, the Diman grad logged onto an incest chatroom and became a target of the Department of Homeland Security. He sent a private message to a special agent who posed as a single mother of the two young girls and began to tell him he was interested in "young" and "incest" and asked whether he could "breed" the girls. He told the agent he would, “teach them that if they told anyone they’d be in serious trouble,” and would become violent with the children if they resisted his advances.
The correspondence continued over the next four months. Ledoux was identified by police on December 27 of last year using facial recognition technology. Along with a plane ticket to Grand Rapids, he allegedly also purchased two collars which he told the agent he wanted the girls to wear as a "signature of ownership." He landed in Michigan on Friday March 22 at about noon and was greeted by federal agents. He was arrested without incident and was humming "Amazing Grace" as he was escorted out of the airport.
Along with the two collars, agents found condoms in Ledoux's possession. Fall River Police executed a search warrant on that same day of his Stockton Street home where they seized two hard drives, a laptop and two cell phones. The Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said they believed he also possessed child pornography.