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Sacramento businessman sentenced for underage sex tourism, child porn

1:29 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento businessman found guilty last year of intention to travel to engage in illicit underage sex and child pornography was sentenced 24 years and five months in federal prison.

James E. Johnston, 71, was found to have bought a subscription in February, 2006, to a website offering photographs and videos of child pornography to customers, according to court records. Computer forensic evidence showed Johnston downloaded approximately 300 videos of child pornography, some of which were infants and toddlers being molested.

Additional computer evidence was presented at trial that soon after, Johnston began on online correspondence with a woman from the Philippines. There were messages about Johnston's intent to obtain photos of underage girls he wanted to have sex with and his plans to travel to Manila for that purpose.

FAA documents showed Johnston traveled from San Francisco to Hong Kong on Aug. 30, 2006 and had made plans to continue on to the Philippines. This was after August 2006 correspondence with the woman from the Philippines in which he told of her of his travel plans and instructing for her to bring two young girls with her when they met in Manila.

Johnston's plan to continue on to the Philippines was halted when Department of Homeland Security agents served a search warrant at Johnston's home Sept. 6, 2006.

In sentencing the defendant, Judge Morrison C. England Jr., said, "The next time someone decides that they are going to engage in [international sex trafficking], I hope the next person thinks about it a little bit more because of the sentence I [gave] today."

Johnston had been in custody since his May, 2012, conviction.

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