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CASE NAME:United States v. John Bollea
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:John Bollea
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SOURCE:Lexis Search, News Article, Non-DOJ Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:United States v. George C. Clarke, United States v. Koenemann, United States v. Strevell
TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Adalberto Jordan
YEAR OF ARREST:2003
YEAR OF VERDICT:2004
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Florida
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NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Costa Rica
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Sex Tourism
FIRST CHARGE:Attempting to travel in foreign commerce to engage in sexual relations with a minor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 373
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:1 month + 60 months supervised release + $2,000 fine + $100 special assessment
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SUMMARY:

The FBI instituted an undercover operation that was designed to stop United States sex tourists before departing from the United States. The undercover operation consisted of a fake travel agency ("Costa Rica Taboo Vacations") that offered to match travelers with "tourist companions" ages 14 through 27 in Costa Rica. The defendant, a 70-year-old male from Florida, contacted the agency agency and made arrangements to engage in sexual activities with a minor once he arrived in Costa Rica, but was apprehended prior to his departure. In total, 11 individuals were arrested as a part of the operation.

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