Sex with 3 orphans costs Andrew Mogilyansky 8 years

Andrew_MogilyanskyA wealthy Russian-American businessman who traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, in December 2003 and in January 2004 to have sex with three underage orphan girls was sentenced yesterday to eight years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin also ordered that Andrew Mogilyansky, 39, of Richboro, Bucks County, spend 15 years on supervised release when his prison term is completed and that he register as a sex offender. She also fined him $12,500 and ordered him to pay $15,000 to his victims.

Mogilyansky, a car exporter and owner of a company that distributes fire-extinguishing equipment, said he had made a “disastrous decision” to go to Russia and have sex with the girls, two of whom were 13 and the other 14.

He said that it was “by far the worst thing” he had ever done and that “no words can express my sorrow” for the victims.

McLaughlin said Mogilyansky was truly remorseful but had committed a “grave criminal act.”

“[The victims’] lives will be different because they were harmed by Mr. Mogilyansky,” she said.

“Wealthy Americans who think they can shortcut child-sex laws by traveling overseas need to take note of this sentence,” U.S. Attorney Michael Levy said.

Federal authorities have prosecuted more than 50 sex-tourism cases since passage of a law in 2003 that makes it a crime to travel overseas to have sex with underage children.

Mogilyansky, a father of three, has been in federal custody since his bail was revoked after his arrest last December. He pleaded guilty in April to traveling overseas for the purpose of engaging in illicit sex and engaging in illegal sex.

The feds and Mogilyansky agreed as part of his plea to a prison term of 78 to 97 months, within the sentencing range.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Morgan-Kelly argued for a 97-month sentence, noting that Mogilyansky had “devastated” the lives of his victims and had robbed them of their dignity. (One of the victims said in a letter to the court that her encounter with Mogilyansky had been her first sexual experience.)

Morgan-Kelly said Mogilyansky thought that Russia was a “free zone” for his illicit sexual encounters and that he would not be caught by the authorities.

Defense attorney John J. McMahon Jr., who argued for a 78-month sentence, said Mogilyansky’s criminal behavior was an “aberration in an otherwise remarkable life.”

Mogilyansky’s wife said he was a caring father and husband. A psychologist hired by the defense said Mogilyansky was not a sexual predator or pedophile.

A friend testified yesterday how Mogilyansky had founded a now-dormant charity that raised $1.2 million to help survivors of the bloody 2004 school-hostage crisis in the Russian province of North Ossetia and arranged for some of the injured children to come to the U.S. for medical care.

That charitable work caused McLaughlin to wonder how Mogilyansky could harm children.

Authorities alleged in an indictment unsealed last December that Mogilyansky had conspired with a Russian national, Andrei Tarasov, and three others to create a prostitution business in Russia known as “Berenika” that advertised women and girls for sex and that Mogilyansky was an investor in the business, charges he did not admit to in his plea.

An investigation begun by Russian authorities in 2004 led to the convictions of Tarasov and the three others on child-sex trafficking charges in 2005.

Federal agents also arrested Natalya Goretska, described by prosecutors in court papers as “a close associate” of Mogilyansky’s who was involved in Berenika.

Goretska, a Ukraine national, pleaded guilty in April to lying to immigration authorities about her involvement in prostitution and was sentenced to 21 months by U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel in July.


81 Web Sites Busted for Alleged Sex Trafficking

The Korea Communications Commission said yesterday that it caught 81 Web sites that brokered and induced sex trafficking.

The commission ordered the deletion of harmful information and denial of service for Web users who uploaded such materials in a crackdown conducted Aug. 19-26.

The Web sites caught allegedly used secret language implying sex trafficking, and presented men and women’s sexual images while promoting bars and entertainment establishments.

The commission ordered 37 (46 percent) of the 81 sites to deny service to illicit users, and instructed Internet service providers to block access by domestic users to 25 (31 percent) that provide illegal Korean-language content from overseas.

Nineteen Web sites were also ordered to delete problematic information.


Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 10:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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Kiwi reveals more on Kabul scandal

ArmorGroup guards at the US embassy in Kabul are said to have been pressured to join nude parties if they wanted promotion or to be given favoured shifts.
A former Kiwi soldier has blown the whistle on a scandal involving a firm providing security at the United States embassy in Afghanistan, including allegations of sex trafficking that involved senior managers visiting a Kabul brothel.

James Gordon, a former New Zealand Army captain, has filed a lawsuit against ArmorGroup North America, which has a five-year NZ$269 million contract with the US State Department to provide security at the heavily guarded embassy.

He alleges serious contract violations and illegal activities by the firm, including the purchase of counterfeit goods, severe guard understaffing and the aiding of sex trafficking.

His allegations come just a week after an independent watchdog group in the US claimed private guards working for the firm in Afghanistan were subjected by managers to abuse and initiation ceremonies that included lewd behaviour and sexual misconduct.

Project on Government Oversight’s report included a video showing men pouring alcohol down the naked backside of a new recruit and photos of nearly naked men dancing around a bonfire.

Mr Gordon, a former operations manager for ArmorGroup in Kabul, went public yesterday, claiming the firm had whitewashed the incidents and forced him to quit his job after he took his concerns to the State Department.

He said it was “ludicrous for anyone to think that is a safe environment and that is an effective security force. I don’t see how anybody could say, firstly, that the government is getting what they are paying for, and secondly, that that does not compromise the security of the embassy”.

His lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, charges that three senior guards regularly visited a Kabul brothel that was known to be involved in human sex trafficking.

He said ArmorGroup’s “goal was to maximise their profits, provide a fig leaf of security at the embassy, and pray to God that nobody got killed.”

A spokesman for the company denied that Mr Gordon was forced to quit and said he had been threatening a lawsuit for more than a year. She said the company had investigated his claims and found them to be baseless.

However, eight guards have been removed from duty, four have quit, two managers have been fired and two others have resigned in recent weeks.

Project on Government Oversight alerted US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the firm’s behaviour, and the State Department is now investigating. The video and photographs have been shown by American media, causing a storm of controversy in the US.


Published in: on September 12, 2009 at 10:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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