Wednesday, November 10, 2004

American Arrested at Airport under Sex Tourism Law

Walter Schirra, 54, was arrested at San Francisco International Airport on child sex charges as he tried to board a plane for Thailand, allegedly to solicit sex with underage boys, federal agents said Monday.

A search of his luggage revealed photos of shirtless Asian boys, sexual performance prescription drugs, condoms and large amounts of candy, said Special Agent Catherine Miller of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In an 11-page criminal complaint, investigators revealed the contents of a series of e-mails between Schirra and two federal agents posing as pedophiles seeking to assist Schirra in planning his Asian trip.

Schirra is being held without bail pending a hearing Friday. He is the first person from the Bay Area to be arrested under a law passed last year to crack down on sex tourism.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle.