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Coos Bay man found guilty of sexually abusing children at his Cambodian orphanage

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COOS BAY, Ore. – A 40-year-old was found guilty of sexually abusing children who lived an orphanage he ran in Cambodia, the office of Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, said.

Daniel Stephen Johnson was convicted on six counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place, along with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and aggravated sexual assault with children.

According to investigators, Johnson “systematically and repeatedly molested children” that lived at an unlicensed orphanage he operated in Cambodia from November 2005 until his arrest in December 2013.

Nine victims came forward in the case, ranging in age from seven to 18 years old.

“The despicable nature of this defendant’s conduct is beyond understanding. Whether you are abusing children in this country or abroad, you will be pursued and held accountable in a court of law,” said Williams. “The fact that this defendant abused children under the guise of being a missionary and orphanage operator is appalling.”

Cambodian National Police arrested Johnson in Phnom Penh, where the orphanage was located. In May 2014, a Cambodian judge convicted him of performing indecent acts on one or more children. He was sentenced to a year in prison.

Once he was released, he was taken back to the U.S. by FBI agents, who investigated the claims further.

He was indicted by a grand jury in Eugene later that year. He was indicted on seven more charges in May of 2017.

“Daniel Johnson’s promises of charity and a better life were nothing more than lies as he dragged these children into his dark world of abuse,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “This case should serve as a warning to those predators who believe they can hide their crimes – whether here at home or half-a-world-away. We will always stand with the victims, and we will always work to bring justice in their names.”

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