A Massachusetts magician who performed for young children across New England for over 20 years pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Boston to child pornography offenses.
Scott Jameson, 46, of Sutton, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to one count of illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place and one count of transportation of child pornography.
Jameson was charged by criminal complaint in October 2022, and is scheduled for sentencing on March 7, 2024.
In early 2022, Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), a Cambodian non-governmental organization founded to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation, reported Jameson to federal authorities for engaging in inappropriate behavior with minors in Cambodia.
In September 2022, U.S. authorities were notified that Jameson — a dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland — had again traveled from Boston to Cambodia in August 2022.
Jameson was stopped upon his return to the U.S. on Oct. 19, 2022, at Logan Airport in Boston.
A search of his belongings revealed a video that he produced during his most recent trip to Cambodia, depicting the genitals of a young boy 5-7 years old, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.
In a subsequent interview with law enforcement, Jameson stated that he worked as a magician for over 20 years, regularly performing at libraries and family events across New England, usually for young children as young as kindergarten age and up to eighth grade.
He admitted to law enforcement that he created the video and transferred it from his camera to a hard drive he possessed when he was stopped at Logan Airport.
Jameson faces a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000 for the charge of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places.
For the charge of transportation of child pornography, Jameson faces a sentence of up to 20 years, a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.