U.S. Citizen Sentenced For Child Sex Abuse

August 13, 2004

A U.S. citizen was sentenced thisweek to 154 years in a Costa Rican prisonfor sexually abusing children, representativesof the Judicial Branch confirmed thisweek.Scott Thomas Cochran, 39, was sentencedTuesday by the Penal Court of SanJosé for the production and distribution ofchild pornography, paying for sex withchildren and the infraction of a drug law.The sentence was reduced to 45 yearsunder a process of penalty reduction inaccordance with the Penal Process Code.Cochran was arrested in January 2003after a joint investigation by the SpecialProsecutor on Sex Crimes, child welfareadvocacy group Casa Alianza and CostaRica’s Child Welfare Office (PANI) (TT,Jan. 24, 2003).Cochran – who was sought by theInternational Police (Interpol) for similarcharges in the United States – had beenunder investigation in Costa Rica fornearly two years before he was arrested.A Costa Rican man was also sentencedto 25 years, reduced to 18, in conjunctionwith the case against Cochran.He was accused of the same crimes,minus the drug violation, and, accordingto the Judicial Branch, was responsible forbringing the children to Cochran. His sentenceis lighter because there were fewercounts of each crime against him.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

First Lady Claudia Dobles named as one of world’s greatest leaders
Costa Rica
12 views
Costa Rica
12 views

First Lady Claudia Dobles named as one of world’s greatest leaders

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 26, 2019

Costa Rica has one of the world’s greatest leaders in its midst. First Lady Claudia Dobles is ranked No. 15…

Costa Rica to begin administering HPV vaccine
Costa Rica
31 views
Costa Rica
31 views

Costa Rica to begin administering HPV vaccine

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 25, 2019

The Social Security System (CCSS) announced Wednesday that Costa Rica will begin administering the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine as…

Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest
Costa Rica
13 views
Costa Rica
13 views

Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest

AFP and The Tico Times - April 24, 2019

Costa Rica’s congress approved on Tuesday a bill that extends the statute of limitations for the crime of sexual abuse…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!