Kent Pedophile, Allegedly Wanting Sex with Cambodian 12-Year-Olds, Faces Sex Tourism Charges

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Carr allegedly paid nearly $5,000 to have sex with underage Cambodian girls.
Before 59-year-old Kent resident Craig Thomas Carr left for a vacation in Cambodia, he allegedly answered an online ad from a Phnom Penh taxi driver who said he could provide access to child prostitutes. Carr's desire: sex with girls around 12 years old.

The married Carr didn't find girls quite that young when he arrived in Phnom Penh in January, but he patronized three prostitutes between 14 and 16 years old, according to a complaint filed by prosecutors in U.S. District Court of Western Washington.

This afternoon, he is to make his initial appearance in court to face five charges related to that behavior, including engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place and sexual exploitation of a child. At least, he was upfront with law enforcement officers about his sexual inclinations.

"I am a pedophile," he told authorities after he was arrested in Cambodia. "What's going to happen to me?"

But it's hard to feel sorry for Carr after reading the complaint. Carr allegedly paid $3,000 to the taxi driver when he arrived in Cambodia. Carr was then taken to a brothel identified as "777," where he gave the madam another $4,800.

As for the three underage girls, with whom he not only had unprotected sex but took pornographic pictures of, they got only $20 each from Carr.

American authorities got involved in the case after being tipped off by Cambodian police. Carr is being prosecuted under the Protect Act of 2003, a federal law creating new crimes and penalties targeting child sex tourism.

 
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