Former US Marine gets 210 years for sex tourism

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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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