A retired Marine captain accused of having sex with young girls while working as a teacher in Cambodia was being held on a sex charge in the U.S., federal authorities said Friday. Michael Joseph Pepe, 53, arrived Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport accompanied by federal agents after being expelled from Cambodia, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement.He's being held without bond which makes absolute sense with the nature of these charges and the fact that he doesn't have a home to be released to. He's accused of sexually abusing 4 girls aged 9 to 12.
"This is an appalling case, one of the worst I've ever encountered," said Robert Schoch, special agent in charge of the ICE office of investigations in Los Angeles. "You can't go outside our borders as a U.S. citizen and believe that you can treat children this way."I'm glad this woman was also arrested since she played such a central role in this crime.
According to an ICE affidavit filed in support of Pepe's arrest, a woman identified as a Cambodian prostitute was arrested for recruiting families that were willing to sell the girls to Pepe.
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