Bay Area man sentenced for sex with child
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
April 12, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A Bay Area man has been sentenced
in federal court in San Francisco to five years and four months
in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in Cambodia.
Michael Koklich, 50, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vaughn
Walker on Tuesday.
The sentence was agreed to in a plea bargain in which Koklich
pleaded guilty in December to one count of violating a U.S. law
that makes it a crime to engage in so-called "sexual tourism"
involving children. The charge to which he pleaded was traveling
to a foreign country and having sex with a minor.
Koklich was originally charged with a second count of engaging
in sex with an 11-year-old girl, but that count was dropped as
part of the agreement.
The judge ordered Koklich to pay $5,000 in restitution to each
girl. Koklich will also be required to register as a sex offender
and be under supervised release for five years after completing
his prison term.
Koklich and his attorneys have previously said he lived eight
to nine months per year in Cambodia in recent years and during
the summers sold Cambodian handicrafts at Bay area stores and
When in the Bay Area, he lived in a recreational vehicle parked
at various locations including Santa Rosa, prosecutors said.
Koklich's defense attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender
Josh Cohen, said in a sentencing memorandum, "This was a
tremendous mistake that Mr. Koklich very much regrets and for
which he will pay dearly."
U.S. Attorney Scott Schools said Koklich was initially investigated
by officials of a French non-governmental agency called Action
Pour Les Enfants, or APLE, based in Cambodia.
Koklich was arrested on Feb. 17, 2006, after APLE investigators
and Cambodian police saw the 13-year-old and 11-year-old leave
his apartment in Phnom Penh. He was extradited to the United States
in April 2006.
After being arrested, Koklich admitted to having sex with the
two girls on multiple occasions and also to previously having
had sex with child prostitutes in a brothel in Phnom Penh, according
to a sentencing memorandum filed by prosecutors.
Schools said Koklich also admitted to writing to his adult girlfriend
in Cambodia in November 2006, asking her to bribe witnesses, including
the victims, not to testify against him. The attempted bribery
was a factor in the calculation of his sentence under federal
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