MEDIA COURTHOUSE — Two men separately arrested last year in a coordinated Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force sting for attempting to have sex with children were sentenced Tuesday.
Kenneth Albert Ruzat, 54, of the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue in Prospect Park, entered an open guilty plea in September to attempted indecent deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years old, a felony of the first degree.
Assistant District Attorney Chris Boggs told Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge James Bradley Tuesday that a sentence had been negotiated with defense counsel Mary Brooks, however, for one year less a day to two years less a day at the county prison in Concord.
Ruzat will additionally serve three years of consecutive sex offender probation, comply with recommendations of a psychosexual evaluation, provide a DNA sample to state police and register as a sex offender for life under Megan’s Law.
Ruzat was arrested April 6 at a meeting location he had set with what he believed to be a 14-year-old male using the Grindr social media app, according to an affidavit of probable cause. The 14-year-old was actually Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Chris Hill.
Ruzat made contact with Hill April 4 and informed him he was running errands “but kinda in the mood to suck d---.”
After communicating with the undercover trooper via online chat, Hill revealed he would be “15 next month,” to which Ruzat replied, “No worries,” according to the affidavit.
“I just want to meet suck you off and leave you feeling good (is) that ok,” Ruzat told what he believed to be a 14-year-old boy, the affidavit says.
Ruzat arrived at an agreed upon meeting place about 4:30 p.m. and was taken into custody by ICAC Task Force members, according to the affidavit. Once in custody, he denied that he planned to perform oral sex on a 14-year-old and stated that he wanted to meet to ensure the other person wasn’t lying about his age.
Ruzat admitted to sending the text messages, but told officers that “everyone lies,” so he was going there to check the boy’s age, according to the affidavit.
Ruzat has no credit for time served and was given a Feb. 10 report date.
The second defendant, Michael Dean Norman, 38, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested April 5 when he also arrived at an agreed upon meeting location with what he believed was a 15-year-old boy.
Norman, a flight attendant, spoke with Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. John Sours on the Grindr app, where Sours was posing as an underage boy, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Norman initiated the interaction by sending a photo of himself to Sours and saying, “Hey what’s up?” according to the affidavit. When Sours informed Norman he was 15, Norman responded he was ok with that, “As long as you got a c--- that c---,” the affidavit says.
During the ongoing chat, Norman indicated he was going to perform fellatio on the boy and the two set a meeting place, according to the affidavit. Norman was taken into custody upon his arrival there and later admitted to law enforcement that he was meeting the 15-year-old for oral sex.
Norman, who has been in custody since his arrest, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted indecent deviate sexual intercourse with a person more than 11 years older, an ungraded felony. Boggs and defense counsel Steven O’Meara reached a negotiated sentence of 11½ to 23 months in prison in that case, followed by three years of consecutive sex offender probation.
Norman was also ordered to register for life as a sex offender, provide a DNA sample and comply with a psychosexual evaluation. Judge Bradley permitted supervision to be transferred to Nevada at O'Meara's request.