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Sex offender gets 40 years for assaulting African minor

April 15, 2022 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Mandan man with a record of child sex crimes will spend the next 40 years in a federal prison after he traveled to Madagascar to solicit sex from minors.

The Bismarck Tribune reported U.S. District Judge Dan Traynor sentenced 60-year-old Maurice Thill on Tuesday. Thill pleaded guilty in August to failing as a registered sex offender to report international travel; failing to update his sex offender registration; possessing child pornography; traveling with the intent to engage in sexual conduct with a minor; and committing a felony against a minor.

Prosecutors say Thill flew to Madagascar in December 2019. Investigators found evidence on his cellphone that he had been communicating with minors in that country about sexual activity and had engaged in sex with a minor there.

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Thill is a registered sex offender in North Dakota based convictions for gross sexual imposition in 1990, 1991 and 2004. He also was committed as a sexually dangerous person from 2011-17. He last updated his sex offender registration on Dec. 13, 2019, three days before he left for Madagascar, according to prosecutors.

Traynor also sentenced Thill to a lifetime of supervised release.