A former Orange County child rapist was found guilty Monday of spending his parole traveling repeatedly to Cambodia to sexually assault impoverished children.
Sitting at the back : Ronald “John” Gerard Boyajian.
Delays in the case prevented 55-year-old Ronald “John” Gerard Boyajian from being tried for seven years. But it only took jurors in federal court in Los Angeles five hours to convict Boyajian on all three counts the government filed against him: international travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minors, engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in foreign places, and commission of a felony offense involving a minor while required to register as a sex offender. U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder could send Boyajian to the federal pen for 30 years as soon as June 13.Boyajian, who was convicted in 1994 on nearly two dozen counts of statutory rape in Orange County, was among the first defendants charged under an international law enforcement initiative specifically targeting Americans traveling to Cambodia for the purpose of sexually abusing children. Boyajian had traveled to Cambodia—one of Southeast Asia’s poorest countries—about three dozen times between 2002 and 2009, when he had sex with girls ages 8 and 11 in a village outside Phnom Penh.