Lawyer Deported Back To The U.S. On Charges of Sexually Abusing Underage Girls In Cambodia

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A U.S. attorney who spent two and a half years in a Cambodian prison on charges of sexually abusing minors is now facing five federal counts in America after his deportation back to the States, per Newsweek.

Rugh James Cline, 40, of Tampa, FL was released back onto United States soil earlier this month. He served two and a half years in Cambodian prison for reportedly raping 4 minors under the age of 15 during five separate encounters, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. Along with his prison time, Cline was ordered to pay a $200 fine and $3,750 in compensation to each of the victims, local media outlet WFLA reports.

Cline pleaded not guilty to the charges of

“five counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place and one count of possessing child sex abuse materials,”

on Monday reports reveal.

Cline has since been released on a $100,000 bond and was mandated to house arrest with GPS monitoring. He was also ordered to not have access to the internet or minors, court documents show.

According to the indictment, Cline visited Cambodia in February 2019 and May 2019, and while there, he paid to have sex with four different minors

“multiple times.”

He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison for each of the five counts of

“engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place,”

and up to 20 years for

“possessing child sex abuse materials.” 

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