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California Man Convicted of Traveling to the Dominican Republic and Sexually Abusing Minor Boys

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Miami Field Office, announce that a jury convicted defendant Troy Douglas Brimm, 50, of Modesto, California, of all charges against him. Sentencing is scheduled for December 4, 2012, before the U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore.

More specifically, the jury found defendant Brimm guilty of two counts of traveling from the United States to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minor boys, and committing the offense while required to be registered as a previously convicted sex offender under the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and California law.

U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer stated, “Sexual predators, who hope to avoid prosecution by going abroad to abuse children, are wrong. We will not tolerate American citizens travelling overseas to commit their heinous crimes on children. We will prosecute these cases vigorously and seek the most severe penalties.”

According to trial evidence, on October 23, 1991, Brimm was convicted of sodomy with a 16-year old boy in Stanislaus County, California. On January 21, 1997, Brimm was convicted of receipt and distribution of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. On July 18, 2001, Brimm was convicted of performing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under fourteen (14) years old, again in Stanislaus County, California. Brimm was required to register as a sex offender as a result of these prior convictions.

Evidence at trial also showed, that on October 20, 2009, Brimm flew to the Dominican Republic, where he sought out shoe-shine boys, offered them food and money, and then performed sex acts with these boys.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI, the Dominican National Police, and the Puerto Plata Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Ferrer also thanked the Miami-Dade Police Department and the United States Marshal’s Service for their assistance in this investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Maria Medetis and Francis Viamontes.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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