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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ministry Volunteer Sentenced to More than Seven Years in Prison for Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct with Honduran Minors



An Ohio man was sentenced today to 90 months in prison for sexually abusing three Honduran minors, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio.

Corey L. Bryant, 26, of Norton, Ohio, was a volunteer at two different homeless ministries in Honduras that provided housing and supportive services for impoverished children.  Bryant admitted that between August 2011 and November 2014, he traveled between the United States and Honduras 10 times.  Bryant further admitted that while serving as a resident volunteer at one of these ministries and teaching fourth grade at a local private school, he repeatedly sexually abused three Honduran minors who resided at these ministries.  On Aug. 7, 2015, Bryant pleaded guilty to three counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct abroad as a U.S. citizen.

The investigation was conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations Cleveland Field Office.  Trial Attorney Amy E. Larson of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan of the Northern District of Ohio prosecuted the case.

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