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15 years for Kent man who traveled to Cambodia to have sex with girls

A 59-year-old Kent man who sexually exploited children overseas was sentenced in Seattle's U.S. District Court Friday to 15 years, fined $11,000 and ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution to his victims.

Craig Carr traveled to Cambodia to have sex with underage girls, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

At sentencing U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones told Carr "you prey on the most vulnerable of victims... very young girls. What you were doing satisfying your fantasy one night, leads to a lifetime of nightmares for them." The judge imposed the fine saying it was the same amount of money the defendant spent on his trip to Cambodia.

Carr told the judge, “I’ve ruined my life for a very troubled part of who I am. I have no one to blame but myself.”

According to the facts admitted in his plea agreement, Carr made contact over the Internet with a person in Cambodia who agreed to find young girls for Carr to have sex with during a visit in January of this year.

He said he paid this person approximately $8,000 for sex during the week-long trip. He specified that the girls be about twelve years of age. He even sent sexually explicit photographic examples of the approximate age he was seeking. He requested to take nude photographs of the girls and planned to send them from a FedEx store in Phnom Penh to his home in Kent. After his arrest on Jan. 22, he told investigators that he had sex with three young girls over his eight-day stay. His camera contained pictures of them. He agree to pay $8,000 in restitution to them.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with assistance by law enforcement agencies in Cambodia.

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