Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Man Charged In U.S. For Having Sex With Minors In Cambodia

May 11, 2010

Seattle, Washington (HNNUSA) - On Monday, Craig Thomas Carr, 59, of Kent, Washington was charged in federal court with a five count criminal complaint including going abroad to Cambodia to have elicit sex with underage girls. The complaint states, on December 2009 the Cambodian National Police (CNP) acting on information from the French National Police (FNP) initiated an investigation with U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) that Carr had contacted a taxi driver in Phnom Penh, identified as S.M., who had advertised on the Internet that he could procure minors for the purpose of child prostitution.
The suspects began to exchanged about 20 e-mails in November. In the e-mails, Carr and S.M. discussed Carr's desire to have sex with juvenile females around 12 years of age. S.M. told Carr that he could arrange for the age and appearance of girls Carr described.
Court documents describe how Carr traveled to Cambodia via San Francisco International Airport and Taipei, Taiwan, on January 13. The next day, S.M. met Carr at his hotel and transported him to a local guest house where he met an adult female who appeared to be managing the brothel.
ICE's investigation revealed that, for the next seven days, Carr had sex multiple times with three different female juveniles. All fees were pre negotiated prior to his departure from the United States, according to a press release.
According to the affidavit, Carr told ICE agents that he paid S.M. $3,000 when he arrived in Cambodia and had made two additional payments of $3,000 and $1,800 to the adult female who operated the brothel. Carr also admitted to paying each young girl $20 for allowing him to take sexually explicit photographs of them.
The CNP arrested Carr on January 22. He remained in the custody of Cambodian authorities until he was removed from that country and escorted back to the United States by ICE. S.M. was also arrested by the CNP in January and he remains in Cambodia.
The probe into Carr's activities was conducted by ICE's Office of Investigations in Seattle, ICE's Office of International Affairs that oversees the agency's Attaché Office in Bangkok, the CNP Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection offices and the FNP.
Carr is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington under the PROTECT Act. The PROTECT Act, which went into effect seven years ago, substantially strengthened federal laws against predatory crimes involving children outside the United States by adding new crimes and increasing the penalties for these charges, according to a press release by ICE.

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