According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, a former Marine captain who traveled to Cambodia in 2005 for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with minors was sentenced to 210 years in federal prison.
Michael Joseph Pepe, a former resident of Oxnard, had been in federal custody since 2007. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, who described Pepe's actions as “monstrous” and “horrific.”
Judge Fischer further commented that Pepe's action were akin to “torture.” Fischer believed that no sentence should allow Pepe to ever be released.
During a 7-day trial, jurors heard testimony from 8 victims who were as young as 9 years old when they were sexually abused by Pepe. Each victim testified that Pepe drugged them, bound, beat, and raped them. Prosecutors corroborated their testimony by presenting Pepe's homemade child pornography.
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