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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

American Accused of Child Sex

PHILADELPHIA — An arts philanthropist traveled to Russia to have sex with a 12-year-old dancer and brought the boy back with him to the United States, U.S. authorities said.

Kenneth Schneider, founder of the New York-based Apogee Foundation, was arrested March 27 in Larnaca, Cyprus. He has been charged with traveling for the purpose of engaging in sex with a minor and transporting a person for criminal sexual conduct.

U.S. Attorney Michael Levy said Schneider had sex with the boy while helping out at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography in the summer of 1998. They say Schneider brought the boy back to Philadelphia in 2001 for a summer program.

Schneider's attorney, Joseph McHale, said his client would defend himself against what he called "these false allegations."