Government Contractor Sentenced to Life in Prison for Trafficking and Sexually Exploiting Minors Abroad
Today, U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr., sentenced Christopher Rennie Glenn, a former government contractor with ties to West Palm Beach, Florida, to life in prison, after a federal jury convicted of him of sexually exploiting and trafficking in minors, while working overseas.
Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
“Christopher Glenn’s life sentence sends a clear message about our unwavering commitment to prosecute those who sexually exploit minors and prey on their vulnerability,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg. “International borders do not protect United States citizens who commit these crimes and victimize others. The tenacious work of our prosecutors and agents demonstrates that we will use the long-arm of our justice system to reach offenders abroad and hold them accountable in our courts.”
"The evil carried out by Christopher Glenn clearly justifies this sentence," said SAC George L. Piro. "So let the record show, those who prey on children and are within the grasp of US laws, we will look for you, investigate you and ultimately bring you to justice."
Glenn was previously convicted of eight out of ten charges submitted to the federal jury: one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by fraud and of a minor in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1594(c); one count of sex trafficking by fraud and of a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591(a)(1); four counts of attempting to engage in sex trafficking by fraud and of a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1594(a); one count of traveling overseas with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2423(b); one count of sexually assaulting a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2243(a); and one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(A) (Case No. 15-CR-20632). Glenn was acquitted on the two remaining charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking. All of the charged conduct occurred outside of the United States, in either Iraq or Honduras, and largely while Glenn, a United States citizen, was working as a network system administrator contracted by the United States Department of Defense. Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1596, 3261, and 3271, provide for extraterritorial jurisdiction in the sex trafficking and child exploitation offenses charged.
Glenn engaged in an elaborate scheme to sexually exploit young girls between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age in 2010 and from 2012 through 2014 in Honduras, where he had moved to work at the U.S. Army Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo, in Soto Cano Air Base. Evidence at trial revealed that Glenn, with the aid of coconspirators, fraudulently recruited young girls living in very poor rural villages to work as housekeepers at his home. In exchange, Glenn promised to pay a significant amount of money to the families. Shortly after the girls’ arrival to Glenn’s home in Honduras, he sexually assaulted the girls, or sought to “marry” the minors to engage in sexual acts with them. Some victims testified that Glenn gave them pills that made them sleepy and dizzy before engaging in sexual acts with them. A government expert witness testified that some pills seized by law enforcement from Glenn’s Honduras residence in March of 2014 were determined to be drugs that can be used as sedatives and date rape drugs. At trial, the Government also introduced evidence that Glenn had engaged in sexual acts with a minor female from Mexico beginning in 2002, when the minor was only 13-years-old. The minor resided with the defendant in California until 2006. In 2005, Glenn possessed electronic images of this sexual abuse in Iraq while working as a government contract worker. These images of child pornography were also recovered from Glenn’s residence in Honduras in 2014 and were the subject of the possession of child pornography charge.
Glenn was initially arrested in February 2014, and charged in the Southern District of Florida with national-security and espionage related violations (Case No. 14-CR-80031-Marra). In 2015, Glenn pled guilty to charges in that case and was sentenced to a ten-year term of imprisonment.
The child exploitation charges are the culmination of a three-year long investigation led by the FBI Miami Field Office’s Violent Crimes Against Children Squad. This case was prosecuted by Special Prosecutions Assistant United States Attorneys Barbara A. Martinez and Vanessa Singh Johannes from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and Trial Attorney Christian Ford from the Department of Justice’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.
Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.