City Man Nabbed in Sex Bust

By Renato Gandia
The Calgary Sun

December 17, 2008

British cops arrested a convicted Calgary sex offender who American authorities say is the ring leader of an international group of pedophiles.

John Wrenshall, 62, was named in an 18-count indictment issued by a federal grand jury in New Jersey in August, said the U.S. Attorney office in a news release.

The indictment was unsealed upon Wrenshall's arrest Monday at Heathrow Airport by London cops and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Court documents stated the suspect was allegedly "involved with U.S. citizens who travelled to Thailand to sexually abuse children and produce visual depictions of the abuse."

Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney, said officials believe the accused lived in Calgary until he moved just outside of Bangkok in 2000.

It is alleged that Wrenshall has been running a pedophilia business in his Thailand home for eight years.

"Wrenshall had frequent access to Thai boys, some as young as six years old," said the U.S. Attorney office.

"Wrenshall helped arrange trips to his home during which U.S. citizens and others paid (him) money to engage in sexual acts with the boys, sometimes for weeks at a time."

Clients were allowed to videotape and photograph their abuses, police allege.

Wrenshall was convicted in 1997 for sexual assault of eight young choir boys, and now he's facing several sexual tourism charges in the U.S. court.

Pretending that he was researching pre-teen boys' sexuality, he lured his victims to his southwest home while he was serving as a scout master and a choir member at the Anglican's Cathedral Church of the Redeemer at 218 7 Ave. S.E.

Wrenshall also admitted to assaulting at least a dozen of other boys but he wasn't charged for those.

He was jailed for a year in 1997.

Wrenshall is currently being held in London pending his extradition to the U.S.

Wayne Nelson Corliss, a New Jersey man, identified Wrenshall and two others, when he pleaded guilty in August to charges of international sex tourism.

Corliss told American authorities that Wrenshall arranged to have young boys available to him in Thailand for a price.

He also admitted to staying at Wrenshall's house in Thailand where he engaged in sex acts with young boys.

Wrenshall faces one count of conspiracy to engage in sex tourism, two counts of aiding and abetting sex tourism, one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography, seven counts of production of child pornography and seven counts of distribution of child pornography.


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