Former Deputy Convicted of Civil Rights Violations and Obstruction of Justice
FORT MYERS, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Michael J. Ronga (43, Cape Coral) guilty of deprivation of civil rights under color of law and obstruction of justice. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for the civil rights violation and up to 20 years’ imprisonment for the obstruction charge. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 30, 2015.
Ronga was indicted on February 23, 2015.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on May 5, 2013, Ronga, a deputy with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), provided a courtesy transport to victim R.L.C. Ronga subsequently assaulted R.L.C., causing bodily injury. He also robbed the victim of his cash and cellphone. R.L.C. reported the assault and robbery to the LCSO, and an investigation ensued. During the course of the investigation, Ronga lied to law enforcement about his interaction with the victim.
This case was investigated by Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was prosecuted by Chief Assistant United States Attorney Jesus M. Casas and Special Assistant United States Attorney Amira D. Fox.