Published: May 06, 2013 5:15 AM EDT
Updated: May 06, 2013 12:44 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - A Lee County Sheriff's deputy is out on bond after being accused of beating and robbing a victim in Bonita Springs, after offering that individual a ride home.

Michael J. Ronga's bond was set at $15,000 during his first appearance this morning. He's expected back in court on June 3. 

In an interview with deputies on Sunday, the victim said that he was at a local restaurant in Bonita Springs where deputies were responding in reference to a disturbance. The victim accepted a ride back to his residence from Ronga, but the victim said instead of being taken to his residence, he was taken to a nearby location in Bonita Springs. Once there, the victim was battered and robbed by the suspect. The victim managed to get away, and fled towards a wooded area. Ronga got back into his vehicle and drove away. At the scene, investigators discovered physical evidence verifying the victim’s story, resulting in the charges.

Sheriff Mike Scott said, “Words simply can’t express my disgust and disbelief. Mike Ronga has been arrested and jailed like a criminal should be and his betrayal of our office and the public trust is unforgivable. Immediately upon learning of this, I ordered a full investigation as we would with anyone suspected of committing such a serious crime, and we will pursue prosecution and justice to the fullest.”

As a result of his arrest, Ronga has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

Ronga was employed at the Lee County Sheriff's Office since 2008, and most recently worked as a deputy in the Delta (south) District.

Ronga also worked at the Fort Myers Police Department from 2004 to 2008, and separated from that agency voluntarily. A spokesperson from FMPD said the only discipline Ronga was issued while with that agency was for failing to show up for traffic court on a scheduled date in 2007.