A Los Angeles judge Monday took under submission a request to allow an 81-year-old convicted pedophile to withdraw his guilty plea to having sexual contact with two 12-year-old boys in Southeast Asia.

Jack Louis “Dad” Sporich image via truecrimereport.com
Jack Louis “Dad” Sporich image via truecrimereport.com

Jack Louis “Dad” Sporich, who once lived in Santa Monica, wants U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez to allow him to change his May 2010 plea.

Sporich was charged as a result of operation “Twisted Traveler,” an effort by federal law enforcement to identify and prosecute “sex tourists” who travel to Cambodia to engage in illicit sex with children.

Sporich was arrested by Cambodian authorities in February 2009 after two boys said they had been repeatedly molested by him, according to the plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles.

Witnesses alleged that Sporich drove a motorbike through the streets of Siem Riep, dropping Cambodian currency as a way to attract children, according to an affidavit in support of the charges.

In summer 2009, Sporich was expelled from Cambodia and brought to Los Angeles to face trial.

Sporich is facing up to 120 years in federal prison, but his plea agreement states that prosecutors will recommend a term of 10 years behind bars and a lifetime period of supervised release.

The document also states that as part of his deal, Sporich will pay up to $30,000 to be deposited in a fund for the education of the boys he had sex with.

Gutierrez said in a written order that he would consider Sporich’s motion to change his plea and would issue a ruling, but did not indicate when.

In 1987, Sporich was convicted in Ventura County of lewd acts with a child under 14 years of age and sentenced to 18 years behind bars, according to court papers.

— City News Service

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