The Associated Press reports that a man has been convicted in Oregon for sexually abusing Cambodian orphans. Daniel Stephen Johnson, 40, is a Christian missionary and was convicted of molesting children living at his unlicensed Cambodian orphanage in Phnom Penh for several years.
Johnson’s crimes include six counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place, travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and aggravated sexual assault with children. He is now facing a minimum of 30 years in prison. He is scheduled for sentencing in August.
According to the U.S. authorities, nine Cambodian children ranging from age 7 to 18 told interviewers of current and past abuse at the hands of Johnson. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland learned of the case in 2013 and began an extensive investigation.
The first time Johnson molested an orphan was in 2005.
An arrest warrant was issued in his name in 2013 on a different matter in Oregon. Johnson was found overseas and his passport was revoked. No details about that case have been released.
FBI investigators then partnered with a group that fights against child exploitation in Cambodia, and along with the Cambodian Police, found Johnson in Phnom Penh. After his arrest in 2013 in Cambodia, he was indicted in the U.S. for engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.
After serving a one-year prison sentence, Johnson was extradited to the U.S. In 2017, seven more charges were added to the case.
Johnson attempted to tamper with witnesses while in custody, trying to contact them online and bribing them with gifts in order to change their testimony.
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