Man sentenced to life after traveling to U.S. for sex

On Dec. 14, it was reported that a German man who flew into Florida for the purpose of meeting with a 13-year-old girl was sentenced to life in prison. The man had reportedly attempted to solicit the 13-year-old for sadomasochism.

The 55-year-old man allegedly thought that he was making arrangements with the teen's father; however, an undercover agent who was looking for online predators arranged the meetup. On June 16, the man flew into Orlando International Airport. He was picked up by the undercover agent and taken to Brevard. He was taken into custody at a pre-arranged traffic stop.

Authorities said that the man intended to humiliate the girl by treating her like a dog. The authorities also noted that his luggage contained a variety of items designed to cause pain, which he said he intended to use. Additionally, he stated that he had previously met other underage individuals and was in possession of child porn. He eventually pleaded guilty to attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. He was sentenced to life in prison and was ordered to pay $250,000 in fines.

Those who are accused of sex tourism, voyeurism or human trafficking could be at risk of facing life in prison due to the fact that authorities in Florida and elsewhere take these allegations extremely seriously. Those who receive a lesser sentence may still be required to register as a sex offender, which can prevent them from seeking housing and employment. A criminal law attorney may open an investigation into the charges to determine if there are any flaws in how evidence was collected or if a person's rights were violated. Based on the results, the attorney may create a strong defense strategy against the allegations.

Source: Florida Today, "Sadomasochist sentenced to life for soliciting 13-year-old girl for sex", Lamaur Stancil, 12/14/2017

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