US military contractor sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to have sex with 13-year-old girl in Japan | USAO-SDFL

Miami, Florida – A Florida man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for attempting to induce a minor to engage in illicit sex acts while working in Japan as a US military contractor.

Garrett Michael Pako, 29, is a United States citizen who worked for a Department of Defense (DOD) contractor in Japan. For months, Pako engaged in an online “relationship” with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. Pako met the girl on a proximity-based social media dating app while on a trip to Okinawa. During the relationship, Pako sent the girl sexually explicit pictures and videos, including Hentai cartoons of sexually abused young children and a video of himself masturbating. Pako then attempted to get the alleged girl to steal to visit him in northern Japan to have sex. No meeting took place. Pako was then arrested.

Pako is being prosecuted under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which grants jurisdiction over certain offenses committed by US citizens employed by the Department of Defense outside of the United States. Pako pleaded guilty to the prosecution on October 22, 2021. US District Judge Aileen M. Cannon imposed the sentence today.

This case was brought within the framework of the Safe Childhood Project, a national initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Divisions Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Julio Escareno, resident agent in charge of the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, Japan office, announced the sentence.

This matter was investigated by the US Army Criminal Investigation Division with support from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Navy Criminal Investigation Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District of Florida, Lacee Monk and Dayron Silverio, and Attorney General Charles Schmitz of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division.

Court documents and related information are available on the South Florida District Court website at or , under the file number. 21-c-14021.


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