Kelly James Morrow, 49, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison last week at a Arizona court after confessing to molesting four young boys while living in China.
The Arizona native moved to China to work on a golf course project. During his stay abroad, he took pornographic photos and videos featuring young boys.
Morrow was arrested last June, a week after landing in Los Angeles on a flight from Singapore. While he was going through airport security, Morrow’s computer and video equipment were confiscated. Further investigation exposed a collection of more than 60,000 videos and photos exhibiting child pornography.
In April of this year, Morrow pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of children outside the United States, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
“This defendant is a sexual predator who not only abused young boys – he also documented their physical and mental abuse by taking thousands of pictures of his victims,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker.
Joseph Macias, special agent in charge for HSI Los Angeles, added: “As this case shows, HSI is using all of its law enforcement authorities to combat this heinous behavior both here and abroad. We owe it to the children who are the victims in these cases, many of whom will bear the emotional scars of this trauma for the rest of their lives.”
Of course, Morrow isn’t the first American creep to visit China. Back in 2012, 45-year-old former elementary school teacher Hector Orjuela was deported back to the US to face charges for molesting a five-year-old while working as a teacher at an international school in Shanghai. Two years later, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a US court for child molestation and producing child pornography.
By Robin Winship
[h/t The Nanfang]