FORT LAUDERDALE — A child molester convicted of buying a young Vietnamese girl in the early 1970s and abusing her as a sex slave from age 5 was sentenced Friday to the maximum 30-year prison term.
Senior U.S. District Judge Jose A. Gonzalez cited the "horrendous nature" of the case to justify the sentence imposed on George Joseph England, 66, who in January was convicted of five sex abuse-related charges.
England was convicted in California in 1977 of molestation charges involving some of his victim's young friends, but fled to Florida with her before he was sentenced. They lived for decades under an assumed name taken from a dead child, until in 2004 the now-adult victim, now 43, decided to go to the FBI. The two had a child, given up for adoption when the victim was 13.