El Dorado County Dog Agility Trainer Charged with Sexually Exploiting a Child Overseas

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Terry Francis Le Clair, 64, of Shingle Springs, charging him with sexual exploitation of a child, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, Le Clair sexually exploited a minor in his care when in a foreign country in the summer of 2017. Le Clair used the camera on his tablet computer to create photos of the minor victim depicting sexually explicit conduct, which he then brought back to California. While executing a search warrant at Le Clair’s residence, investigators also found video recordings showing various teenagers changing into and out of their swimsuits and showering in Le Clair’s bathroom. Le Clair made these video recordings using hidden cameras he set up in the bathroom.

Anyone who has information related to this case can contact the FBI at 916-746-7000.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, which is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina McCall is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Le Clair faces a minimum of 15 years in prison up to a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and restitution. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet-safety education.