City sex tourist still in U.S. jail

Arizona judge adds 20 months to sentence


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Doron Waldman had hoped to be a free man on a plane bound for Canada today. Instead, the Winnipegger remains in an American prison after being sentenced to further custody in a sex-tourism case.

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Doron Waldman had hoped to be a free man on a plane bound for Canada today. Instead, the Winnipegger remains in an American prison after being sentenced to further custody in a sex-tourism case.

Waldman, 36, was given 20 more months behind bars Tuesday in addition to the 17 he has already spent since his November 2007 arrest in Arizona.

A Phoenix judge rejected Waldman’s plea for a sentence of time in custody, which would have allowed him to be deported back home. Now he must wait until his sentence expires in December 2010.

“The defendant’s actions here leave no doubt for speculation about his potential to act on his interest in children. He took actual steps towards acting on his dangerous and deviant desires,” prosecutor Carin Duryee wrote in a sentencing brief filed with the court.

Waldman admits he travelled through the United States in an attempt to have sex with underage boys in Mexico. He was arrested at the Tucson airport on charges of travelling with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a minor. Waldman was working at the time as a web developer at the CBC’s Manitoba headquarters but has since been dismissed.

Court documents obtained by the Free Press show Waldman began trading emails in August 2007 with a person “whom he believed to be a purveyor of children for sexual activities.” He responded to an ad on an Internet newsgroup that said: “If you are ‘Young at Heart’ and enjoy warm weather and HOTT fun, Mexico is cheap and we make all the arrangements.”

Waldman requested “that he be provided with male boys aged 12 to 14 for that purpose,” according to police. Waldman further wrote that he wanted “one delight per 24 hours.” Police say he sent a US$60 down payment to “secure his reservation” in October 2007 and agreed to pay a total of $600 “for the opportunity to have sex with children over a six-day period.”

An undercover agent posed as the would-be sex trafficker and had several online chats with a man believed to be Waldman. Waldman’s lawyer had previously claimed he was “set up” by police, who were waiting for him at the Tucson airport when he arrived. Police say he was in possession of four digital cameras wrapped as gifts and $1,400 in U.S. currency.

Dr. Shelley Uram, a psychiatrist who met with Waldman at the request of his lawyer, found his “bizarre Internet exposure morphed into bizarre sexual interest.” She noted he’d been taking the anti-depressant drug Effexor and said the onset of his fantasies came after he abruptly stopped medication.

“She has found that Internet-spawned sexual preoccupation can result in your average, run-of-the-mill person to start sexual fantasies totally unforeseen,” his lawyer, Thomas Higgins, wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed with the court this week.

Waldman has been deemed a low risk to re-offend, and Uram found he showed “extreme empathy” for victims of child sexual abuse. “Mr. Waldman has suffered deep physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological punishment as a result of his conduct,” Higgins said.

Manitoba RCMP seized a computer from Waldman’s home days after his arrest in which police allegedly found 1,496 images of child pornography involving boys between the ages of seven and 15. That led to additional charges against Waldman in Winnipeg, including possessing and accessing child pornography. He will be deported to Canada to face those charges once his American sentence is complete.

Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre
Sports columnist

Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.

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