Man gets life for buying Filipino children to use for sex and porn

NEW YORK POST) – A California man was sentenced to life in federal prison Tuesday for buying Filipino children for sex and pornography in what prosecutors called one of the most “lurid, willful, and disturbing” child exploitation cases in the nation.

US District Judge John Mendez said he was sickened by the crimes committed by Michael Carey Clemans, 57, of Sacramento.

Prosecutors said he gave detailed instructions on how young girls should be posed, how their hair should be cut, whether they should wear makeup or have their bodies oiled.

“His true plan was to find young girls, virgins, and then go have sex with them,” Assistant US Attorney Andre Espinosa said. “A 57-year-old man doesn’t have sex with a 7-year-old girl — he rapes her.”

The sentence came after defense attorney Daniel Olmos argued that the judge should consider Clemans’ cooperation in helping authorities catch his co-conspirators.

But Mendez agreed with prosecutors, saying the “unthinkable, inexcusable” crimes outweighed the assistance.

“He has taken away the childhood of those victims,” Mendez said.

Clemans was an Army veteran with no criminal record who lived in Bangkok for two years while working as a pilot for a small airline. He later returned to Sacramento and lived with his mother while traveling to the Philippines several times.

He had “another side to his life,” Mendez said. “Mr. Clemans is a dangerous man. A danger particularly to children.”

Authorities said Clemans began conspiring with a woman in the Philippines in 2014 to produce child pornography and obtain girls.

He sent the woman, Lyan Tandeg, nearly $6,000 for equipment she used to photograph naked children so he could decide which ones he would rape when he traveled to the country, authorities said.

He directed her to find orphans, victims of typhoons and other vulnerable victims. He paid a co-conspirator, Shellina Atad, to obtain temporary custody of Filipino children and produce child pornography, authorities said.

Investigators found three of the children who posed for the pornographic photos, including one called “Angel,” when they were 7, 9, and 10.

Prosecutors brought them from the Philippines to Sacramento to testify at Clemans’ trial.

Tandeg and Atad were arrested in 2015 and sentenced to 15-year prison terms in the Philippines, according to court documents.

At one point, authorities said Clemans was communicating with more than 50 child pornography providers and obtained more than 27,000 child pornography images.

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