Man Who Regularly Visited The Philippines As A Child Sex Tourist Sentenced To 330 Years


Tampa, FL – A Tampa Judge has sentenced David Paul Lynch (56, Venice) to 330 years in federal prison for traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and for possessing, receiving, and producing child pornography. The Court also ordered him to forfeit his home in Venice, Florida, as well as computers and other electronic devices that he had used to commit the offenses.

A federal jury found Lynch guilty on October 13, 2017.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Lynch traveled to the Philippines regularly between 2005 and 2016 to have sex with children and make recordings of the abuse. Prior to his trips, he communicated online with individuals in the Philippines in order to locate children to sexually exploit. Lynch produced child pornography of at least three Filipino children on these visits, and he solicited child pornography via email of a fourth.

He was arrested in San Francisco as he attempted to board a flight to the Philippines on December 30, 2016. During a simultaneous search of his home in Venice, FBI agents located dozens of self-produced images and videos of child pornography from his trips.

“The FBI is focused not only on the children being victimized here at home, but those across the globe who are being preyed upon by offenders,” said FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge Eric W. Sporre. “Thanks to our strong law enforcement partnerships, there are no borders in these types of cases and we can achieve great outcomes as demonstrated in this case.”

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