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US Air Force vet defense contractor in Japan sought sex with a 13-year-old, gets 10 years in prison

A Florida man working for a Pentagon subcontractor pleaded guilty to seeking sex with a 13-year-old and got a 10-year prison sentence. (Dreamstime/TNS)
January 13, 2022

A Highlands County, Florida, father and husband, working in Japan for a U.S. Department of Defense subcontractor, tried to consummate his monthslong online relationship with a 13-year-old girl by flying her to Northern Japan to have sex.

Whether or not Garrett Pako, 29, was conversing with an actual 13-year-old isn’t clearly stated by the Fort Pierce federal court paperwork. But Pako thought he was and he pleaded guilty to attempted coercion or enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. Pako received the minimum 10-year sentence.

A court filing by Pako says the resident of Highlands County’s Venus area had been honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 2018 after serving six years. During his time in the Air Force, he met and married his wife, with whom he has two kids, a 5-year-old and 3-year-old.

The wife and children lived in Japan, where, the indictment says, Pako was working in Shariki, Japan, at the Shariki Communications Site as a Chenega Security security guard.

Court documents and the U.S. Department of Justice say Pako met a girl he believed to be 13 on a dating app while traveling in Okinawa. From Feb. 13, 2020, through June 9, 2020, the man who also goes by “Kinky Bear” and “K. King” sent Hentai (pornography with anime content) cartoons of toddlers to the girl and a video of himself masturbating.

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