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Man who raped Vietnamese girl over several years will stay behind bars

January 7, 2011 |  8:00 am

A convicted pedophile from Costa Mesa who for years raped a Vietnamese girl he had bought overseas could spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted this week in Florida.

George Joseph England, 66, was convicted in a Florida federal court Wednesday of multiple counts of moving his young victim across international and state lines in the 1970s. He faces up to 30 years in prison at his sentencing March 24. England had served time in a California prison, but officials feared he would soon be released. Florida authorities stepped in, charging him with more crimes.

In 1972, England was in Vietnam, where he bought a 3- or 4-year-old girl from her mother and passed her off as his adopted daughter. From there, he spent the next few years taking her through Southeast Asia, all the while sexually assaulting her. He eventually settled in Costa Mesa, where he lived with the girl for three years.

The girl, now a married woman living in Florida, told the FBI that England encouraged her to bring friends over to their house when they were no older than 10. He cut a hole in a wall and would watch them undress, among other things, she said.

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