Canadian sentenced for running pedophile brothel
He admits to using his Bangkok home to host foreign visitors who would pay him to have sex with Thai boys
NEW YORK — A Canadian man was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in U.S. prison for running a brothel in Thailand that provided boys, some as young as 4 years old, to pedophiles, federal prosecutors said.
John Wrenshall, 64, admitted to using his Bangkok home to host foreign visitors who would pay him to have sex with Thai boys, according to court documents.
He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to engage in sex tourism, conspiracy to produce child pornography and distribution of child pornography, said the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, New Jersey.
He let his clients film and photograph their abuse of the Thai boys, prosecutors said.
Wrenshall also was accused of personally abusing the boys to prepare them for customers. He was extradited to New Jersey after being arrested at London's Heathrow Airport in December 2008.
"John Wrenshall created a place where innocent children were sexually brutalized as a vacation pastime," U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. "It is fitting that a man who has condemned children to live with unimaginable scars for his pleasure and profit should spend decades of his own life in a prison cell."
Wrenshall was indicted in New Jersey after it was discovered that Wayne Nelson Corliss, a New Jersey resident, had traveled to Thailand where he was photographed sexually abusing several Thai boys.
Corliss was identified after a sanitized version of one of the photographs was publicly released by INTERPOL, the international police organization.
Two of Wrenshall's other U.S. clients -- both from Alabama -- have been convicted and sentenced to prison on sex tourism charges for their patronage of his brothel.
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