Former Deputy Sentenced to Six Years for Civil Rights Violations and Obstruction of Justice
FORT MYERS, FL—U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell yesterday sentenced Michael J. Ronga (44, Cape Coral) to six years in federal prison for deprivation of civil rights under color of law and obstruction of justice. Ronga was convicted by a federal jury on September 1, 2015.
According to evidence presented during the six-day 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 the 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.