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Scot jailed for 42 years after abusing boys in America

Jordan Kemlo, 22, preyed on young boys while he was on holiday in Arizona.

Kemlo: Scot jailed for 42-and-a-half years.
Kemlo: Scot jailed for 42-and-a-half years. Stuart Macdonald

A Scot extradited to America after preying on young boys during a three-month stay in the country has been jailed for 42-and-a-half years.

Jordan Kemlo, from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, admitted using the video game Minecraft to groom four American youngsters while on holiday in Arizona.

The 22-year-old was jailed in Scotland for four years in 2015 after sexually assaulting another boy.

Then last year he was flown to the US to face charges after the Scottish Government agreed to an extradition request.

The offences took place between February and May 2014 when Kemlo was 17 and visiting family. He was reported to police by the mother of one of his victims.

After Kemlo returned to Scotland, the boy told his mother he had been sexually abused several times while they were playing Minecraft.

The convicted sex attacker also preyed on three other boys, all under the age of 15, in the same neighbourhood during his visit.

Last month, he pleaded guilty to charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, attempted sexual conduct with a minor, attempted molestation of a child and solicitation to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

And on Monday he was sentenced to 42-and-a-half years behind bars by Judge Jeffrey Bergin at Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Arizona. He was also given a lifetime probation order.

His lawyer Katherine Daubert had asked the judge for leniency, saying Kemlo had shown remorse and had undergone treatment while in prison in Scotland.

'The Pima County Superior Court sentenced Mr Kemlo to 42-and-a-half years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.'
Alan Goodwin.

US police officers said Kemlo first came to their attention when the boy's mother called them.

She said that when Kemlo left Tucson to return home, her son began "acting out" but was reluctant to talk about what had happened because "he would be grounded for life".

He told his mother he was attacked while playing Minecraft, and that the abuse had happened "every day or once a week".

Kemlo was flown to Arizona with federal officers from the US Marshals Service in February 2018 following an extradition hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

At the time, a Scottish Government spokesman said: "The US sought Mr Kemlo's extradition and, following careful consideration, ministers agreed his extradition on January 31."

He was held in custody at Pima County jail in Tucson for more than a year before his case came to court.

Kemlo had originally faced ten charges related to child sex abuse but pleaded guilty to five. He is understood to have confessed to the crimes when interviewed by officers from Arizona.

He was represented in court by a public defender after being unable to afford to hire a lawyer of his own.

In 2015, the High Court in Glasgow heard how one young victim, who was only six when the abuse started, described Kemlo as "the bad boy".

Kemlo was arrested after abusing the boy at his own home and at his victim's house over a three-year period.

After his arrest, he told police: "I never thought of the consequences. I was shocked, confused why it happened."

He later claimed he had decided to turn himself in but was too ashamed to do so.

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