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California Man Sentenced to 174 months for Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Michael Bruce McDonald, 79, of Huntington Beach, CA, was sentenced to 174 months in federal prison for engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. McDonald appeared before United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey. 

According to court proceedings and documents, McDonald is a former police officer from California. In 2001 he was found guilty of sexually abusing a child. He moved to the Philippines in 2009, and a short time later married. Three of his wife’s nieces moved in with them - all under ten years of age.

McDonald started producing child pornography pictures of the children and one of their friends. He sexually abused two of the children. He posted some of the images in an online account and sent images by email. McDonald sent child pornography images of the children to an undercover officer in St. Louis. The officer was able to identify McDonald and locate him in the Philippines. McDonald was indicted in the Eastern District of Missouri and was sent back to the United States to be prosecuted.

St. Louis County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Livergood is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated September 19, 2019

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