Australian Pedophile Sentenced in Bulgaria's Varna

Crime | October 12, 2009, Monday // 15:50|  views

Sofia Prison, where the Australian pedophile will serve his 65-month sentence. Photo by wikimapia

Joseph Lee Smith, a 36-year old Australian has been handed Monday a total jail sentence of 5 years and 5 months in Bulgaria's Varna.

He confessed to 3 charges of molesting under-age children and creating pornographic materials.

Varna County Court took Smith's confession into account, and imposed a lenient sentence for the combination of charges. He will serve out his sentence in Sofia Prison.

Smith was first arrested in November 2008. When again taken into custody late this summer, three children from a nearby Roma neighborhood were found to be “visiting” Smith's home.

The police also confiscated a video camera, camera, disks along with sex stimulants and accessories. The court sat behind closed doors, and the distressed children were not present.

Monday's court sentence is now subject to appeal within 15 days.

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