Prosecutors are planning to bring additional child pornography charges against a U.S. diplomat who allegedly pressured visa applicants for sex while stationed in Brazil.
Gons G. Nachman, 42, was arrested earlier this month and charged with possession of child pornography, misuse of his diplomatic passport and making false statements.
In court papers, prosecutor Ron Walutes said he expects an indictment in early March that will add charges of producing child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, unlike mere possession charges which have a maximum of 10 years and no statutory minimum.
The child pornography charges stem from videos Nachman allegedly made of himself having sex with girls as young as 15 in Congo and Brazil, where he was stationed as a vice consul. According to the criminal complaint, Nachman required his maid to film and photograph the sex.
"The facts could not be more compelling, a United States diplomat filming minors engaging in sex with him, minors from the host country, inside United States government provided housing," Walutes wrote in court papers seeking to keep Nachman in jail while he awaits trial.
The criminal complaint against Nachman also alleges that Nachman made a habit of pressuring and pursuing sexual relationships with attractive female visa applicants while stationed in Rio de Janeiro.
Two applicants interviewed by federal agents said Nachman "persistently pursued these female applicants despite his position as U.S. vice consul who was personally handling these still pending immigration visa cases."
One of the women told agents that Nachman "took advantage of her and he instructed her that, if questioned, she should deny knowing him personally."
Though the allegations are spelled out in court papers, the indictment does not specifically charge him with criminal wrongdoing directly related to alleged pressuring of visa applicants.
Nachman has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his defense lawyer, public defender Geremy Kamens, has questioned aspects of the government's case.
He said in court papers that if the government had strong evidence that Nachman had indeed pressured visa applicants for sex, it would have brought specific charges.
Before Nachman, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Costa Rica, joined the Foreign Service, he was a law student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was president of the Naturist Student Association. According to a 1995 article in the campus daily, Nachman led a demonstration in which he and three other nudists stripped naked in a public square.
"Nudity does not have to be sexual. It is very positive, very wholesome, and very natural," he was quoted as saying.