A Garden Grove resident who exchanged lewd videos with a Canadian teenager and traveled to that country to have sex with her on her 14th birthday was sentenced Monday to more than seven years in federal prison.
Paul Binh Do, 30, pleaded guilty in May of last year. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter sentenced Do to 87 months behind bars, according to Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Do met the girl online, and the two exchanged videos of them individually “engaging in sexual conduct,” prosecutors said.
On May 2, 2014, Do traveled to Canada to “celebrate the 14th birthday” of the girl and to have sex with her, but Canadian authorities stopped him at the border, according to Mrozek.
During his detention in Canada, Do was found to be in possession of digital devices that contained lewd videos of the victim, according to Mrozek. Do called the girl and asked her to falsely tell authorities that she lied to him about her age, he said.
Authorities in Canada were already investigating Do, prompting his detention in Calgary as he attempted to enter the country, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Vib Mittal.
It took time to retrieve the computer evidence from Canadian authorities and then to have investigators do a forensic analysis on the devices, Mittal said.
— City News Service