Oregon man found guilty for repeatedly sexually abusing orphans in Cambodia

Oregon man found guilty for repeatedly sexually abusing orphans in Cambodia

EUGENE, Ore. - A Coos Bay man was found guilty on Wednesday of repeatedly sexually abusing children who lived at an orphanage in Cambodia.

The subject, identified as Daniel Stephen Johnson, 40, was convicted on six counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place and one count each of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and aggravated sexual assault with children.

“The despicable nature of this defendant’s conduct is beyond understanding. Whether you are abusing children in this country or abroad, you will be pursued and held accountable in a court of law,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “The fact that this defendant abused children under the guise of being a missionary and orphanage operator is appalling.”

According to court documents, between November of 2005 and December of 2013, Johnson systematically and repeatedly molested children who lived at an unlicensed orphanage he operated in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

To date, nine separate Cambodian victims that range from 7- to 18-years old at the time of abuse, have disclosed Johnson's abuse or attempted abuse.

Victims described a number of graphic sexual acts that Johnson made them perform, and often recalled that they were awoken to Jonson abusing them. Following the abuse, Johnson would sometimes provide his impoverished victims with small amounts of money or food.

While in custody awaiting trial, Johnson made multiple efforts to tamper with witnesses and obstruct justice. Johnson contacted his victims online, encouraging them to lie and offering money and gifts.

One message, sent via his relative’s Facebook account to an adult in Cambodia, discussed visiting a victim’s family and encouraging them to convince the victim to retract their statement, potentially in exchange for $10,000.

Johnson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and is subject to a 30 year mandatory minimum. He will be sentenced on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane.

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