American executive charged with child sex

An American executive charged with child sex was yesterday granted bail by a Nairobi court.

According to the Daily Nation, Mr John Cardon Wagner was accused of defiling two girls, one aged 13 years old and the other 14 on June 5 and 7. Mr Wagner is the owner of the popular Java chain of coffee houses.

While granting bail, the judge ordered that Mr Wagner deposit his passport with the police, to prevent him from fleeing the country.

Cases of child sex abuse have reached alarming levels in Kenya, fuelled by an erosion in traditional values, the growth of urban slums and poverty. Rich locals and foreigners often take advantage of the circumstances of poor families to prey on their children in exchange for money.

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