Virginia man faces federal costs in touring, transporting a minor for intercourse | Native Information
A Virginia man who was charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Washington County last year is now on federal charges.
In a three-count indictment, unsealed on Friday, Apipat Vutipawat, 27, from Alexandria is accused of traveling with the aim of engaging in illegal sexual activities, with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activities and obstructing the judiciary .
Vutipawat was arrested on May 14 after allegedly having sex with the nameless teenager at the Hyatt Place hotel in North Strabane. Vutipawat and the teenager had apparently met on a dating app a month earlier. State police took Vutipawat and the youth to Waynesburg Barracks to question them when their car was found in the mud in Richhill Township, Greene County. According to a criminal complaint, they were on their way to Ryerson State Park.
The indictment alleges that Vutipawat traveled across state lines from May 29 to June 2 to have sex with a minor and brought the minor from Pennsylvania to Virginia with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He also reportedly tried to convince the teen to stop talking to law enforcement.
Acting US attorney Stephen R. Kaufman said Friday: “Combating child sexual exploitation is one of our top priorities. We will continue our targeted law enforcement strategies to identify and prosecute sexual predators, especially those that travel across state lines to harm children. “
Vutipawat, who also goes by the names “Viktor Vutipawat”, “Viktor Koi”, “Viktor Kim” and “Arty Freedom”, was charged by the state police last year with legal sexual assault, involuntary deviant sexual assault, and intensified indecent assaults. Underage corruption and indecent assault.