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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

First Conviction For "Sex Tourism"

The Protect Act, enacted last year, allows federal prosecutors to go after Americans who travel overseas to molest children.  Last week, John Seljan, an 86-year old California man, became the first American to be convicted after trial for violating this law.  A federal agent testified that Seljan had confessed to having "sexually educated" young girls in the Philippines with their parents' consent since 1983, and that he believed it was "legal and culturally accepted in that country."  Seljan was arrested when boarding a flight from LA to the Phillipines, and had in his possession more than 100 pounds of chocolate, presumably to be used in seducing young girls.  Seljan faces a minimum term of ten years' imprisonment, and a maximum of 270 years.  More ...    [Mark Godsey]

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