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Florida Man, Former Marine Sentenced To 35 Years, Sexually Abused Child While Stationed In Japan

A Florida man was sentenced today to 35 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for enticing and sexually abusing a minor. 

On August 17, 2020, Emilio R. Moran, Jacksonville, pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Moran, 39, enticed a minor into a prolonged sexual relationship while living in Okinawa, Japan. 

Moran, a former U.S. Marine, was working in Okinawa at the time of the crime. 

Moran used text messages and gifts to entice the minor into the illicit relationship. 

The sexual relationship ended when the parents of the minor discovered it and reported the crime to investigators with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Moran was court-martialed on April 19, 2016, in an unrelated case.

For two years beginning in February 2013 and continuing until January 2015, the appellant engaged in an adulterous relationship on and around Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, with the wife of a civilian government employee.

During the first year of their affair, the appellant and Mrs. P engaged in sexual relations two or three times per week. Over the last year of the relationship, they engaged in sexual relations weekly, primarily during the appellant’s working hours while he was in uniform.

Moran and Mrs. P’s sexual relationship involved rough sex, choking, anal intercourse, and rape fantasies and regularly occurred inside military buildings, in personal vehicles parked on base, outside Mrs. P’s residence, and in a park off base.

Additionally, on three occasions Mrs. P traveled to Combat Town, near Camp Hansen, to engage in sex with the Moran while he was engaged in-field training.

On one occasion, they engaged in sexual intercourse while the appellant was on duty as the Assistant Regimental Duty Officer (ARDO). On a separate, similar occasion, Moran allowed Mrs. P to use his service-issued duty pistol in a sexual manner:

Moran attempted to insert the pistol into [Mrs. P’s] vagina, but [Mrs. P] told Moran to stop because it was hurting her. Then Moran inserted the pistol into her mouth. [Mrs. P] remembers the taste of metal in her mouth. The pistol was placed on top of the holster while [the appellant and Mrs. P] engag[ed] in sexual intercourse.1

This act occurred in her van in the command parking lot while the appellant was present and on duty as ARDO. Throughout their lengthy relationship, both Moran and Mrs. P were married to other people.

During presentencing, the Moran introduced evidence of his prior service, including two Combat Action Ribbons and a Purple Heart received in 2007 for injuries occurring while deployed to Afghanistan. This evidence was also presented to the convening authority for clemency consideration.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case and U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section Trial Attorney Charles Schmitz and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parris prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 

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