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Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Briton Stands Trial in US Child Sex Case

Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Briton Stands Trial in US Child Sex Case

A Briton accused of travelling to the United States to molest a six-year-old girl is appearing in court to stand trial today.

John Brewer, 39, from Plymouth, is charged with aggravated sexual abuse, on suspicion that he entered the country to “engage in a sexual act with a person who has not attained the age of 12 years“.

According to court papers, he had been invited by a woman who said he could have a relationship both with her and a child she said was her niece.

Brewer was arrested by customs and immigration officials after arriving at Minneapolis St Paul International Airport in Minnesota in December.

The officials allegedly found a sexually suggestive picture of a six-year-old in his luggage after he declared that he had a previous conviction in Britain for a child sex offence.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge at a court hearing in January.

A spokeswoman for the Minnesota US Attorney’s Office confirmed that Brewer’s trial would begin today.

According to a law enforcement statement, submitted as evidence, Brewer’s bags were searched when he told a customs official that he had a previous conviction in Britain for “indecent contact with a minor“.

He said he had served three years’ probation for the offence.

Officials found the photograph of the child in a sexually suggestive pose, along with letters written to Brewer by the woman from Wisconsin, the statement said.

The document, written by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent, states that, after further questioning by officials, Brewer said his intentions on travelling were to “begin an adult relationship” with the woman on the understanding that he would also “have a sexual relationship” with her young niece.

Before leaving Plymouth, unemployed Brewer had told his neighbours in Fairview Avenue that he was going to meet a woman he had met during an internet romance.

The trial is expected to last about four days.

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