Star witness in Mueller Report George Nader sentenced to prison for child sex charges
Lebanese/American businessman George Nader was sentenced by a US court to 10 years imprisonment.
Nader, who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and who helped broker the release of American hostages, was sentenced to 10 years in prison sentence on child sex charges.
He pleaded guilty earlier this year to possessing child pornography and bringing a 14-year-old boy into the US from the Czech Republic for sex in 2000.
The sentence brings to an end the criminal case that captured national headlines a year ago when Nader was arrested following the release of the Mueller report, which mentions Nader more than 100 times.
It details Nader’s efforts to serve as liaison between Russians and members of President Donald Trump’s transition team.
The convictions for the child sex offences carried a 10-year mandatory minimum.
Prosecutors also recommended a 10-year sentence though the judge could have made it longer.
Nader also agreed to pay $150,000 in restitution to the Czech boy he abused, who is now an adult and who testified at Friday’s sentencing hearing in US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia by phone.
“George destroyed practically my entire life, and I am trying to put it back together piece by piece,” he said through a translator.
Almost 30 years ago, Nader was caught by customs officials transporting two child pornographic videos hidden in candy boxes.
He received a six-month sentence, a term that prosecutors in the current case acknowledge is “far below what would be expected of such a crime today.”
In 1991, as he awaited sentencing, his case was twice delayed so he could continue his work on hostage negotiations in which he helped get British hostage Jon McCarthy and American hostage Edward Tracy were released in July of that year.
In January 2018, Nader was caught with “visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct” on his phone after he landed in New York on a flight from Dubai, the US Justice Department said last year.
But he was not arrested until June 2019, after Mueller had concluded his investigation.
Later, in 2003, Nader was sentenced to a one-year prison term in the Czech Republic after being convicted there on 10 counts of sexually abusing minors.
In relation to the Czech boy smuggled into the US and abused by Nader “he used his contacts and his wealth to accomplish” bringing the Czech boy into the US, prosecutor Jay Prabhu wrote.