SANTA MONICA—Former Santa Monica resident, Jack Louis “dad” Sporich, is requesting to change the guilty plea he made in May 2010. In 2010, Sporich pled guilty to having sexual contact with two 12-year old boys in Southeast Asia.
U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez took the request under review on Monday, June 15. Though he did not state when, the judge released a written statement that he would consider Sporich’s request, and then issue a ruling. Sporich currently faces up to 120 years in prison, but under the guilty plea agreement prosecutors will suggest 10 years, plus a lifetime under supervised release. The agreement also includes a $30,000 fine, which would go to a fund for the two boys.
When Sporich was first under investigation it was estimated he victimized around 500 children. In 1987, he was previously convicted of seven counts of molestation in Ventura County. After being released authorities acknowledged Sporich as a sexually violent predator. He was sent to Atascadero State Hospital, but released in 2004 after two juries were undecided on the likelihood that he would molest again.
In 2008, Sporich moved to Cambodia. While there he worked as an engineer in a wealthy resort neighborhood. He was arrested by Cambodian police in 2009 for having sex with two underage boys who reported he molested them repeatedly. Townspeople also reported Sporich would often drive a motorbike down the streets, dropping money for children to pick up. He then lured the two boys to a house he was working on.
After being arrested overseas, Sporich was brought back to America under “Operation Twisted Traveler.” The operation is aimed at persecuting “sex tourists” who molest children overseas.