A popular, 57-year-old puppeteer in Florida was arrested on charges of conspiring to kidnap children and possessing child pornography after chatting online with another man about his desire to kidnap, torture, rape, murder, and eat toddlers.

According to a 29-page criminal complaint compiled by Department of Homeland Security investigators, Ronald William Brown came to their attention as they were in the middle of an online child porn investigation.

While monitoring certain groups where pedophiles feel free to discuss their desires, investigators came across Brown and another man talking about the kids they would like to have sex with as well as Brown’s desire to kidnap a boy he knows, cutting him into pieces then cooking “a fine Easter feast.”

In other chats Brown remarked on the Florida weather and how the children in his area are running around practically naked. He also admits seeing a female toddler that made his mouth water. He would later tell investigators that all of these conversations were in the realm of fantasy and that he’d never actually hurt a child.

But it wasn’t the conversations that got him arrested. What got him thrown in jail was allegations that he asked a man in Kansas to help him abduct a child, and the images investigators snagged off his computer that consisted of dead children, children in bondage, and children in extreme pain.

When police searched Brown’s home, they found more child porn on his computer and a CD of child porn in his sock drawer. Brown was arrested and charged with conspiring to kidnap a child and possession of child pornography.

He is currently in the Pinellas County Jail and is expected to see a judge at about the same time this article is published.

Brown started his puppet business, Puppet Plus, back in 1992. Since then he has put on shows at a Tampa Bay Rays game and at Florida Botanical Gardens, He’s been featured in the paper and was listed in the Pinellas County Schools speakers’ directory as puppetry speaker for grades K-8. He was removed from that list on Monday after the school district learned of his arrest.

The complaint also details two other run-ins Brown had with police. One in 1998 when Brown was pulled for a traffic violation and the police officer saw boys’ underwear between Brown’s front seats. Brown told the deputy the underwear was to dress his puppets.

In 2010, police were called by someone who thought they saw Brown throw a sex toy under his trailer and was concerned about Brown having young boys in his vehicle. It turned out that Brown had the parents’ permission to take the boys to church.

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