Disclaimer: All are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The news about Richard Schair’s alleged involvement with child sex tourism in Brazil has spread around the world since “Allegations Link U.S. Companies to Brazilian Sex Tourism by Barry Meier,” was published by the New York Times on Friday, July 8, 2011.
The HuffPo article “Iriny Lopes, Brazil Women's Rights Minister, Calls For Amazon Sex Tour Investigation” reports that:
“RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil is investigating allegations that an American fishing tour operator was using expeditions in the Amazon to cover up the sexual exploitation of underage indigenous girls, the country's minister for women's rights said Monday.
‘The country cannot stand idly by before allegations of this sort,’ Iriny Lopes told the Associated Press.
She said she was meeting with the minister for human rights, Maria do Rosario Nunes, and seeking information from investigators and prosecutors on the case to decide whether to establish a commission to look into the matter.”
The AOL article specifically links to “Brazil Prosecutes Schair & Co. for Running House of Prostitution” and reports that Schair’s customers included a group of Shriners.
This was first reported in “Jesters to Testify About Illegal Drugs, Prostitution?”
As a matter of memberships, one must first be a Master Mason before joining groups like the Scottish Rite, the Knights Templar and the Shriners. One must be secretly invited from the Shriners to join the Royal Order of Jesters. The Jesters are currently under investigation for human trafficking, prostitution and child sex tourism after three of them were caught by the FBI in a human trafficking sting taking an illegal alien sex slave from Buffalo, New York to a Jester party in Kentucky. These included a NY State Supreme Court Judge, his lawclerk and a retired Lockport police captain.
Brazil’s largest news outlet, Globo, reported yesterday (translation by Bing) that:
“The Minister of the Secretariat for women's policies, Iriny Lopes, decided on Monday proposing an agreement between the federal Government and the States of the Legal Amazon to combat sexual exploitation and enhance monitoring of fishing tourism companies in the region. The decision was taken Monday the Minister, after meeting with the Federal Police (PF) and the Prosecutor. The action was taken after the newspaper "The New York Times" report that the American company Wet-to-Line Tours, formally known as fishing tourism, tourist sex packets also sells on Amazon. The G1 tried to contact the company, and waits for response.
To organize the action, the Minister will talk to the Ministers Luiz Sérgio, fisheries, defence, Nelson Jobim, Antônio Patriot, of Foreign Affairs, José Eduardo Cardozo, justice, and Carlos Lupi, labour and the President of FUNAI (Indigenous Agency), Márcio Meira.
In an interview G1 to this Sunday, Iriny said that the priority is to monitor the process so that it is not stopped, as, according to the American newspaper, either the owner of the Wet-to-Line Tours.
For the Federal Public Ministry, the evidence is damning. The criminal action against the company Wet-to-Line, by American Richard Schair, runs in the 4th Vara Federal do Amazonas and is at the stage of service of the five denounced.”
The 24 Horas News has just published “PF investigates 20 Americans suspected of sex tourism” (translation by Bing) and reports that:
“The Federal Police (PF) in the Amazon will investigate more 20 Americans suspected of participating in sexual tourism scheme with indigenous children in the Amazon, on the pretext of sport fishing. An American and five Brazilians have already been denounced by suspicion.
In research, the PF had a list with other alleged American clients of travel agencies. She was on the computer of American Richard Schair, agent of the Wet-to-Line Tours, target of process in the United States on suspicion of sexual tourism exploitation in Brazil.
The Agency also is being processed in Brazil, as well as the Santana ecological tourism-Fishing Safaris, partner in organizing tours in Manaus.
According to PF, packages for fishing, which allegedly included sex tourism, cost $ 4,000 to
$5,000 ($ 6,300 to $ 7,900). The PF said that at least 15 girls were victims of rape and grooming.”
It has yet to be determined if these 20 customers includes 19 Jesters known to have gone on Wet-A-Line tours to Brazil. Fishing guides provided depositions to the Brazilian Federal Police and in the U.S., testifying that the Jesters returned year after year. They also gave pictures to the Brazilian federal police of “Masons” having sex with underage girls.
FOX News Atlanta ran a news report about this earlier today, featuring pictures of Jesters partying with Brazilian girls.
One correction to the FOX News story, typos included, concerns:
“Senior I-team reporter Dale Russell broke this story nearly two years ago and is he has the exclusive report.”
The Brazilian Sex Tourism story was first reported here on March 6, 2008, with six other articles published prior to FOX News broadcasting “Brazil Sex Tourism” on November 23, 2009.
Reporter Dale Russell interviewed a disheveled Richard Schair who proclaimed his innocence over and over, as if he’s above the law; as if he’s got inside connections.
Schair may very well have connections, vested in protecting him and/or keeping him from naming names. Documents filed with the Georgia Real Estate Commission in 1986 show how Schair, though a recently convicted felon, applied for and was granted a Georgia real estate license. One witness who wrote two letters of support and testified at his hearing was former federal prosecutor Larry Mackey, who convicted Schair for moving over three tons of marijuana and cocaine possession in the early ‘80s.
Documents submitted to the Georgia Real Estate Commission include two letters of support from Mackey, plea agreements, amendments to sentencing, a transcript of the entire hearing and the commission’s decision. The transcript tells how Schair was kept in solitary confinement after he turned drug informant. The transcript details how Schair was moved to city and county jails to gather information on other drug dealers in cases from Illinois to Arkansas and Florida. This is how he managed to serve three of a twenty year prison sentence.
Mackey is better known as the federal prosecutor who convicted Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh. He works today in the Indianapolis branch of Barnes & Thornberg LLP, the same firm as Schair’s current Federal White Collar Crime Defense attorney, Solomon Wisenberg.
Both Mackey and Wisenberg have yet to return calls to answer questions about their client’s recent legal filing or explain why their client, who is under criminal investigation by a Grand Jury, is being prosecuted in Brazil and is being sued by four Brazilian girls for sex trafficking, is talking to the media.
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