Former US Marine gets 210 Years for Sex Tourism

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a former U.S. Marine captain to 210 years in prison for performing sex acts with young girls in Cambodia.

The Los Angeles Times reports ( ) that U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer handed down the maximum sentence to 60-year-old Michael Joseph Pepe on Friday.

The judge called the acts unspeakable and heinous, and said she wanted to send a message to Americans considering traveling abroad to have sex with children.

Pepe was convicted of sex acts with seven girls between the ages of 9 and 12. Six of whom traveled to Los Angeles to testify.

At the time Pepe was working as a civilian teacher in the country, the girls said he'd drugged, blindfolded, gagged, bound, beat, raped and forced oral sex on them repeatedly.

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