• Facebook Clean Grey
  • Twitter Clean Grey
  • Instagram Clean Grey

Army veteran sentenced to life in prison for raping Filipino children, producing child porn

Michael Carey Clemans was sentenced to life in federal prison on Tuesday for buying Filipino children for sex and pornography. (AP)

Army vet Michael Carey Clemans, 57, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for raping Filipino children as young as 7 and using them to produce pornography in a harrowing case of exploitation.

Clemans of Sacramento, Calif., paid a Filipino woman named Lyan Tendang $6,000 for equipment to photograph naked children, according to a statement from the Department of Justice, NY Daily News reported

U.S. District Judge John Mendez, who called the crimes “unthinkable,” said, “He has taken away the childhood of those victims.”

Clemans was working as a pilot in Bangkok, Thailand, when he began corresponding with Tendang in 2014.

Teens sentenced to probation for Facebook Live sexual assault

Clemans, who returned to California to live with his mother in 2015, directed Tendang to find vulnerable victims including orphans and victims of typhoons, according to court documents.

He also paid another conspirator, Shellina Atad, to obtain temporary custody of Filipino children.

Prosecutors said he gave detailed instructions on how young girls should be posed, how their hair should be cut, whether they should wear makeup or have their bodies oiled.

“His true plan was to find young girls, virgins, and then go have sex with them,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Andre Espinosa said. “A 57-year-old man doesn’t have sex with a 7-year-old girl — he rapes her.”

Russian serial killer 'werewolf' accused of killing 82 women

At one point, authorities said Clemans was communicating with more than 50 child pornography providers and obtained more than 27,000 child pornography images, reports NY Daily News.

Three of the children who were forced to pose for the pornographic photos were flown to California to testify in Clemans’ trial.

A jury found Clemans guilty in September of buying children, conspiracy and traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. He previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy, producing and receiving child pornography.

McGregor Scott, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, discusses the sentencing of Michael Carey Clemans, during a news conference. (RICH PEDRONCELLI/AP)

Clemans' lawyer, Daniel Olmos, said his client will appeal his life sentence. Clemans stood seemingly emotionless during the hearing, but Mendez let him hug his parents and other family members before he was led away NY Daily News reported

“Thank you for your support and love,” he told his mother. “I’ll see you on the other side.”

Both Tendang and Atad were arrested in 2015 and sentenced to 15-year prison terms in the Philippines, according to court documents.

© 2023 by Closet Confidential. Proudly created with

  • b-facebook
  • Twitter Round
  • Instagram Black Round