|The suspected paedophile was indicted on one charge of receipt and distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography in his home state in 2017. Illustrative photo globalnews.ca|
HÀ NỘI — An American man has been extradited from Việt Nam to face child pornography charges.
Larry P Smith, a 67-year-old from Canton, Ohio, was tracked down by the FBI and Canton police and brought back to his home country to face two separate charges on Wednesday, according to www.ohio.com.
The suspected paedophile was indicted on one charge of receipt and distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography in his home state in 2017, but had already moved to Florida and evaded detention.
He moved to Việt Nam at a later date. It is unclear how long he was in the country and exactly where he lived, or whether he had contact with children while here.
Smith is accused of receiving and sending images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit acts and possessing several computers with images of prepubescent children performing sexual acts, the website reported.
According to Michael Tobin, a spokesman for the US attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, the FBI located Smith in Viet Nam using traditional surveillance methods.
The case comes weeks after a convicted paedophile from the UK was exposed as living and working in Việt Nam. Christopher Trinnaman was jailed in England after he was caught ‘grooming’ teenage girls on social media websites. — VNS