60 years for sex crimes in Fiji

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Jason Moore appeared in a Florida Court. Picture: SUPPLIED/FILE

A former preacher from Florida has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison in the United States after pleading guilty to committing child sex crimes in Fiji.

Jason Moore, 42, pleaded guilty to two counts of illicit sexual conduct in foreign places back in February.

Moore engaged in this crime from March 2013 through February 2016, specifically in the Republic of Fiji, said the US Department of Justice.

No details were given of the victims nor of the parts of Fiji where the crimes were committed.

Moore was arrested by special agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Santa Rosa County late last year after victims of Moore’s crimes came forward regarding their sexual abuse.

“There is no greater charge than the protection of our children,” said Jason R Coody, US Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

“This sentence is yet another example of the unwavering commitment to the protection of our most vulnerable and should serve as a significant deterrent to those who would attempt to harm them.”

Moore’s prison sentence will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and be subject to all sex offender conditions.

“Individuals who masquerade under a disguise of public trust and prey on the vulnerability of children in their own home should expect to be held fully accountable for their actions,” said Tallahassee Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Nicholas Ingegno.