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Cahokia man indicted for touring to the Philippines for intercourse with a minor

CLAIR COUNTY, IL – A Cahokia was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month for traveling to the Philippines in 2018 to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. Joseph Fuchs, 53, pleaded not guilty and is being held pending his hearing on Monday. The trial is scheduled to begin on June 15th.

According to federal charges, Fuchs tricked the girl into sex with him through a series of Facebook chat sessions from 2017 to 2019. He is also accused of sending her more than $ 1,000 in PayPal and Xoom payments during that time.

If convicted, Fuchs could live in prison for at least 10 years and up to one life. All three charges are also fined up to $ 250,000.

This case was filed under Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Justice Department in 2006 to tackle the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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