Former federal agent who went to the Philippines for sex with a child

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Illinois — A former federal agent from Cahokia, Illinois, was convicted last week of three felonies involving sex with an expatriate underage girl.

Prosecutors with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois said Joseph Fuchs III. traveled to the Philippines in February 2018 to have sex with a then 14-year-old girl.

According to prosecutors, Fuchs, who worked as a special agent for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, met the girl in the Philippines. After returning to Illinois, Fuchs persuaded the girl to have sex with him in a series of Facebook chats in 2017-2019. During these conversations, Fuchs developed ways to hide the girl’s age if he were to return to the Philippines.

Fuchs returned to the Philippines in March 2019 and had sex with the teenager. Authorities also confirmed that Fuchs had sent her more than $1,000 worth of PayPal and Xoom payments during that time.

Fuchs was convicted of enticing a minor, traveling with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity, and engaging in illegal sexual activity in a strange location.

A US District Court judge has scheduled Fuchs’ sentencing for August 24. He faces between 10 years and life imprisonment for seduction. The other charges carry maximum sentences of 30 years each. All three charges also carry fines of up to $250,000. Former federal agent who went to the Philippines for sex with a child

Nate Jones

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