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The "Pied Piper of Pedophiles," Pipes No More, Thanks to International Sex Sting "Operation Twisted Traveler"

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Sedona man Jack Louis Sporich--also known as the "Pied Piper of Pedophiles"--was arrested yesterday after being extradited from Cambodia for molesting four children under the age of 14.

He and two others-- Erik Peeters, 41, Ronald "John" Boyajian, 59 --were caught as part of the international sex sting "Operation Twisted Traveler," and are facing federal charges for sex tourism.

The 74-year old convicted sex offender got his colorful nickname for molesting as many as 500 children (though only convicted for seven). He served only nine years of his 18-year sentence, before he was committed to a mental health institution as a "sexually violent predator."

Then they did something mind-blowingly dumb: They let him go in 2004---apparently without receiving any treatment. It seems that jurors couldn't agree if he was at risk of committing more sex crimes against kids.

(Yeah. We don't get it either.)

So he built two mansions--one in Cambodia and the other in Sedona. The one in Cambodia was a mini-Neverland, fully decked out with video games, a kiddie pool, water slide, toys and children's clothes. Apparently he would lure little boys to his home by dropping Cambodian $1 bills (less than a cent), candy and toys behind his motor bike.

Now that he's back in the U.S., he faces 30 years in prison. In Cambodia, he would have faced three.

While the juror's couldn't tell if he was a danger, his own sister could. Upon learning that her brother was going back behind bars she told the Sacramento Bee, "I don't want him out anymore," and "I think he's sick, and he's never going to get well. I don't want this to go on."

The worst part: He's not on the Arizona sex offender list.

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