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CASE NAME:United States v. George C. Clarke
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:George C. Clarke
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DOCKET NUMBER:04-CR-20656
SOURCE:Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:United States v. Strevell, United States v. Koenemann
TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Cecilia M. Altonaga
YEAR OF ARREST:2004
YEAR OF VERDICT:2005
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Florida
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Costa Rica
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution (johns/other buyers)
FIRST CHARGE:Attempting to obtain a minor to engage in a commercial sex act
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a), § 1594(a)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months
SECOND CHARGE:Attempting to travel in foreign commerce to engage in illicit sexual conduct with another person
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION: 18 U.S.C. § 2423(c), (e)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months
THIRD CHARGE:Attempting to induce a minor to engage in prostitution
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2422(b)
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:159 Fed. Appx. 128; 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 28042
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:

The FBI created a fake travel agency, "Costa Rica Taboo Vacations," that offered to complete travel vacations for individuals to travel to Costa Rica and have sexual relations with minors. George C. Clarke purchased a ticket from this agency to go to Costa Rica and have sexual relations with two 12-year-old girls. Clarke, who was employed as a middle school teacher, repeatedly requested sexual relations with the girls, even specifying the sexual acts he wanted them to perform. He was apprehended at Miami International Airport, attempting to board a plane to Costa Rica with condoms in his luggage. He was one of 11 people arrested in the sting.

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