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Serial US pedophile jailed for 10 years for having sex with underage boys in Thailand

A 71 year old Californian man was yesterday sentenced to 10 years in jail after he travelled to Thailand to have sex with underage boys.

Serial pedophile Paul Alan Shapiro was also ordered to pay $20,000 in compensation to two victims in Thailand.

During sentencing, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said Shapiro “exploited and targeted the most vulnerable of people — underage children.”

According to documents released by the US Department of Justice, Shapiro had been travelling to Thailand regularly over a twenty year period to engage in sexual acts with boys under the age of 16.

The court heard how Thai police arrested Shapiro in September 2012 whilst he was in the midst  of engaging in a sex act with a boy in the toilet of a shopping mall.

Shapiro had paid the 13 year old child 300 baht in order to engage in various sex acts with him.

He also photographed himself engaging in sexually explicit acts with his victims.

Following his arrest in 2012, Shapiro spent time in jail in Thailand but was pardoned in 2015 so he could be deported back to the United States to face charges, the Pattaya Mail reported at the time.

After being deported back the United States, he was remanded in federal custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles.

Shapiro, a retired auto dealership employee, had pleaded guilty a day before he was due to go to trial in July 2017.

On Wednesday, he was brought before U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee of the Central District of California for sentencing.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Shapiro will serve 10 years in federal prison, 20 years of supervised release following his prison sentence, and will pay $20,000 total to two victims, both of whom are citizens of the Kingdom of Thailand, read a release from the Department of Justice.

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