Shrewsbury man faces sex tourism charges; Conrad Gallant, 61, arrested in Dominican Republic

A Shrewsbury man is facing charges of charges of sex tourism after he allegedly traveled several times to the Dominican Republic to have sex with minors.

Conrad Gallant, 61, was arrested Sunday in that country after a 15-year-old girl told Dominican National Tourist Police that she had been having a yearlong sexual relationship with an American man.

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Gallant traveled to Bavaro, on the country’s east coast, at least four times since February 2011 to engage in sexual acts with underage girls, the US attorney’s office said.

The victim told authorities that “Gallant forced her to have sex with him even when she was unwilling,” and that “Gallant asked her to bring him other minor females to have sex with,” according to an affidavit filed by a federal agent in the case.

On the two occasions she did bring friends over to have sex with Gallant, authorities said, he paid them each $100.

The victim met Gallant in February 2011, when she was introduced by his then-girlfriend, officials said. When Gallant returned to the United States at the end of the month, he stayed in touch with the then-14-year-old victim by e-mail and phone. Gallant promised her gifts and money, eventually giving her a total of $195.

When the victim turned her cellphone over to authorities, they found a nude picture of Gallant and a picture of Gallant and the victim engaged in a sexual act. After his arrest, Gallant admitted to police that he had a sexual relationship with the victim, according to court documents.

If convicted, Gallant could face up to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Gallant was to appear in US District Court in Miami this afternoon. A spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office did not return a call seeking comment.