SANTA ANA, Calif. — A convicted California child molester who was set to be released from prison was charged Friday in Florida with using a girl he bought in Vietnam as a sex slave.
The U.S. attorney’s office in West Palm Beach charged George England, 65, with transporting a minor across state lines for sexual purposes. He is also charged with having child pornography on his computer.
England had been set for release from prison Friday after serving just over three years for sexually assaulting three girls in 1976 and 1977 in Costa Mesa.
Prosecutors said he purchased a girl from her mother in Vietnam in 1972, pretended she was his adopted daughter and molested her for years starting when she was 5. They moved across Asia and then to California, where England jumped bail after his 1977 molest conviction and eventually ended up in Florida.
England, who is being held in Corcoran State Prison, was expected to have a hearing next week in federal court in Fresno that could lead to his extradition to Florida, said Jeffrey A. Neiman, assistant U.S. attorney in Florida.
Spokespersons for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation were unavailable Friday because of a mandatory work furlough day.
In the 1977 case, England was granted bail after being convicted of molesting the three girls. He was supposed to settle his affairs before going to prison. Instead, he fled and was a fugitive for nearly three decades before being arrested in Florida for passport fraud then returned to California in 2006.
He was sentenced that year to four consecutive terms of one year to life in prison. Because the crimes fell under the laws of the 1970s, England was eligible for parole after serving three years.