In a Washington, DC courtroom last week a physician stood before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, and pleaded guilty to his sexual involvment with children while working in Kenya.
According to Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department, Doctor John D. Ott admitted to engaging in illicit sexual behavior while in a foreign country. Court documents reveal that Ott functioned as a pediatric specialist for private medical projects in Kenya.
An investigation into his history reveals that Ott co-founded an orphanage in Kenya in January 2004, and admitted that for nearly nine years he engaged various sexual behaviors with approximatey 18 children. Ott stated in court that he provided financial support – for such things as schooling and housing – for the children, who ranged from nine to 16 in age.
Ott, age 67, was arrested in Tanzania and deported to the U.S. where he has been in federal prison since December, 2012.
According to prosecuting attorney Keith Becker of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity division, adults found guilty of illicit sexual conduct in a foreign country face a potential 30- year sentence.
Doctor John Ott is scheduled to be sentenced in July.
The investigation of this criminal physician was managed by the Washington DC FBI Field Office, with the assistance of the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs.
The case against Ott was initially brought by Project Safe Childhood, which fights the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation, created in 2006 by the Department of Justice.
Here’s the U.S. DOJ press release: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/May/13-crm-517.html
You can learn more about Project Safe Childhood here: www.justice.gov/psc.
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