Man accused of traveling to meet child for unlawful sex act

    Robert Ruffner is accused of traveling to Alabama to meet a child for sex. (Autauga County Sheriff's Office)

    A Florida man has been charged in Alabama with traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act.

    The Montgomery Advertiser reports that 31-year-old Robert Henry Ruffner of Orlando was also charged with electronic solicitation of a child for an unlawful sex act. He appeared Monday for a preliminary hearing before a judge.

    Ruffner was arrested Nov. 8 in Autauga County. He's accused of making contact with an investigator who testified that he had been posing as a 13-year-old on a social media chat app.

    The investigator says Ruffner made a statement saying he made a trip to have sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

    Ruffner's attorney says his client has never been in trouble before.

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