Monday, April 21, 2008

CA: Orinda Man Sought on Charges of Sex Tourism

ORINDA, CALIFORNIA - Authorites are looking for a 61-year-old Orinda man accused of traveling repeatedly to Costa Rica to engage in sex acts with a child and of possessing pornographic pictures of her, the U.S. Attorney's office announced today.

Leonard Auerbach was charged with "sex tourism" in connection with more than three dozen trips to Costa Rica from 2003 to 2007.

Federal agents who searched Auerbach's home found pornographic computer photographs of a 12-year-old child. Agents also quoted from secretly-recorded conversations in which Auerbach refers to having sex with his "girlfriend," according to an affidavit filed by the U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello.

Auerbach failed to appear in court on April 9 for arraignment and is considered a fugitive. He faces up to 60 years in prison, the U.S. attorney's office said.


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