A Sacramento man is accused of conspiring to produce child pornography, using children in the Philippines.
A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday returned a four-count indictment charging Michael Carey Clemans, 55, with conspiracy to produce child pornography, production and receipt of child pornography, and the buying of children, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.
Court documents indicate that, beginning in June 2014, Clemans conspired with a woman in the Philippines to produce child pornography. During most of the conspiracy, Clemans lived in Bangkok, where he worked as an airline pilot. In April, Clemans returned to his Sacramento residence and allegedly continued his involvement in the overseas conspiracy, using his Yahoo account to chat online with the Filipino woman.
In one of the chats, Clemans discussed various strategies to obtain underage girls to engage in sexually explicit conduct, authorities said. He and the woman allegedly discussed details of the photo shoots, with Clemans reportedly asking for additional photos and expressing his desire to have sex with girls as young as 8 years old.
Clemans is accused of paying the woman thousands of dollars over the course of the conspiracy to orchestrate sexually explicit photo shoots of underage girls, buy photographic equipment and rent discrete shoot locations.
The government alleges that, on multiple occasions, payments were made to the guardians of children in the Philippines in exchange for temporary custody of the children so that the child pornography could be produced.
Clemans was arrested by federal authorities in July. Online records show he is being held without bail in Sacramento County Jail.
The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI and the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation.