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US 'sex offender' deported from Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter
30 January 2014

American convicted of grooming child was found hiding in Irkutsk.

Reports say Weiss had sought refugee status in Russia but failed. Picture: Homefacts.com

John Earl Weiss was detained in Siberia in December and deported to the United States for violating visa rules. He had been convicted after arranging to meet a 12 year old girl who he was accused of grooming on the Internet, say reports in Russia. The 44 year old American evidently absconded from a non-custodial sentence in Colorado and travelled to the Netherlands, Germany, Mongolia and Russia. 

His offence was 'attempted internet luring of a child with intent to exploit'. He was convicted in 2009.

Reports say he had sought refugee status in Russia but failed. He was detained in the Siberian city of Irkutsk in December during a raid to detect foreign citizens violating immigration rules. The man had no documents on him, according to the Russian Federal Court Bailiffs press service, reported ngs.ru

He was ordered to pay a fine of 2000 roubles ($57) and to leave Russia. It was unclear how long he had been in Irkutsk, or why he was there. 

Reports say the man had been married to a Russian woman from Moscow region. Siberian bailiffs stated the man also paid 270000 roubles ($7750) in alimony owed in respect of his daughter who lives with her mother. The US man was escorted to Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, from where he was deported to the US. The cost of his deportation was 42880 roubles ($1230) to the Russian state budget.

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