Court Marshal Arrested on Child Sex Charges

A Moscow court has sanctioned the arrest of a Moscow region court marshal on suspicion of attempting to set up a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old boy, Interfax reported.

Andrei Kaminov, former deputy head of the regional branch of the Federal Court Marshals Service, was tracked down in June by the Occupy Pedophilia vigilante group after he made online arrangements to meet the boy and pay him for sex, the Investigative Committee's Moscow office said in a statement.

Activists from the anti-pedophilia group apprehended Kaminov when he turned up at the Moscow apartment that he had chosen for the meeting.

Kaminov was questioned by the group's ultranationalist leader, Maxim Martsinkevich, and later a recording of the meeting was posted online.

Kaminov resigned a day after the video was published by Lifenews.ru, although he denied accusations of pedophilia.

He said in the video that he was a volunteer and that he had wanted to talk the boy out of having sex with adult men for money. He refused to name the organization he represented.  

Investigators who examined the case after the video appeared found enough evidence to detain Kaminov on sex charges. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.