Ex-military contractor convicted of espionage gets life in prison for exploiting underage girls
By PAULA MCMAHON | Sun Sentinel | Published: July 21, 2017
FORT LAUDERDALE (Tribune News Service) — A former military contractor from Palm Beach County was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in federal prison on Friday for sexually exploiting underage girls in Honduras.
Christopher Glenn, 37, is already serving 10 years in prison after he admitted he stole military secrets while he was working as a contractor and computer expert for the U.S. Department of Defense at the military base in Soto Cano.
Earlier this year, jurors convicted him of numerous sex crimes, which involved eight underage girls and included sex-trafficking of minors and sexual assault. All of the victims were vulnerable, poverty-stricken young girls, between the ages of 13 and 16, most of whom he found in Honduras, prosecutors said.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola told Glenn that he always tries to impose the lowest possible sentence that will serve as an appropriate punishment. But the judge said life in federal prison was the only sentence that would protect society from Glenn.
“I have to worry about what happens if you get out of prison … 30 years from now ...,” the judge told Glenn. “Not only have you not shown any remorse but you continually blame everyone but yourself.”
Scola told Glenn he had exploited some of the most vulnerable victims in the world. When foreign countries allow U.S. citizens employed by our government to work overseas, the judge said everyone involved needs to know that people who violate the law will be held accountable.
Glenn faced a minimum punishment of 15 years but prosecutors recommended the maximum of life in prison.
He has been locked up since he was arrested 3 1/2 years ago at his mother’s condo in Century Village, a 55-and-over community in West Palm Beach.
Federal investigators said he had an electronic treasure trove of child pornography photos and videos that showed him sexually exploiting underage girls, as well as awkward “wedding” photos and videos that showed some of the girls dressed in white gowns being “married” to Glenn in what investigators said were fake, illegal ceremonies. Some of the girls were drugged, authorities said.
Glenn’s sex crimes were even more despicable than most, prosecutors said, because he used his wealth and status as a well-paid U.S. government contractor — who made about $100,000 per year — to take advantage of underage girls who lived in some of the most poverty-stricken rural communities in the world.
“[He] used his good fortune, intellect, skills, and time to manipulate and deceive others while living abroad, including vulnerable, impoverished minor females and their families. That makes him — and his crimes — all the more dangerous,” prosecutors wrote in court records.
Glenn offered some of the girls tempting well-paid housekeeping jobs at the small compound where he lived in the city of Comayagua, not far from the military base. He then tried, and sometimes succeeded in tricking or persuading them to become his so-called “wives.”