A US district judge sentenced a former English teacher to 8 years and 8 months imprisonment on Monday for sexual relations with a minor.
Sentenced to nearly 9 years behind bars was Michael James Dodd, 61, who pleaded guilty for having sexually molested a Cambodian 14-year-old girl over an eight-month period in 2008. Dodd was reported to have paid the poor family of the teenager $100 per month for private visits with her.
The American national went to Phnom Penh in 2007 to teach English. The pedophile was arrested in Cambodia's capital on October 2008 after being found guilty of his relationship with the girl. He served 16 months in prison after which, his visa was revoked and was deported. Prosecutors say there is evidence that Dodd abused other minors in addition to the 14-year-old.
Dodd was previously jailed in Northern Mariana Islands for a similar offense in 2002 when he was convicted for inappropriately touching underage girls. Pedophile Dodd was working at a grade school at the time.
The US judge who gave the present jail term regretted that he could not give the maximum of jail sentence of 30 years since that would necessitate a jury conviction and the Cambodian teenage victim having to travel to the US to testify against the pedophile.
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