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Coos Bay man guilty of sexually abusing children at Cambodia orphanage

Nine victims between the ages of seven and 18 have come forward so far.

Posted: May 16, 2018 7:28 PM
Updated: May 16, 2018 7:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A Coos Bay man has been found guilty of repeatedly sexually abusing children who lived at an orphanage he ran in Cambodia.

Federal prosecutors said Daniel Johnson, 40, molested children at an unlicensed orphanage between November 2005 and his arrest in December 2013.

A federal judge in Eugene convicted him Wednesday on six counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place, one count of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and one count of aggravated sexual assault with children.

Nine victims between the ages of seven and 18 have come forward so far. They said after Johnson sexually abused them, he would sometimes give them small amounts of money or food.

A warrant was issued in Lincoln County for Johnson’s arrest in an unrelated case in 2013. Local law enforcement, the FBI and Cambodian authorities worked together to find him and arrest him.

He was charged in Cambodia based on statements children at the orphanage made to authorities. A judge convicted him of performing indecent acts on one or more children at the orphanage in 2014 and he was sentenced to a year in prison.

After he was released from prison in Cambodia, the FBI escorted him back to the U.S., where he was charged in this case.

Johnson will be sentenced on Aug. 22 and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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