October 1, 2014
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 (http://lat.ms/1fR0PUo ) 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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