Sex offender brought back to U.S. to face charges

15:39, February 23, 2010      

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A 59-year-old American man charged with traveling to Cambodia to engage in sex with a minor was brought back to the United States on Monday.

Michael James Dodd is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles Tuesday, said Steven M. Martinez, assistant director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles.

Dodd, who taught English in Cambodia, was arrested in Cambodia on Oct. 26, 2008, for an illegal sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

His case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

According to the complaint, Dodd admitted to an FBI agent that he traveled to Cambodia because he was prohibited from teaching school in most places because of a previous sex offense.

Dodd admitted having sexual relations on about 25 occasions with a minor and paying the victim's family 50 dollars every two weeks so he could visit with and eventually marry the girl.

He also admitted having sex with additional children who offered sex for money in Cambodia, Martinez said.

Dodd was sentenced to 10 years in Cambodia prison.

Dodd was arrested in 2001 in Saipan for inappropriately touching 13 of his underage female students at the elementary school where he was employed.

He served time in prison and was placed on probation for 15 years. He was also ordered to pay fines and register as a sexual offender, and not to have contact with children, Martinez said.

If convicted on all counts, Dodd could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.

Source: Xinhua
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