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Jan 30, 2014 10:56 PM by Stefanie Boe

German tourist admits he came here to arrange "illicit" sex

TUCSON - A German tourist arrested at Tucson International Airport last summer has pleaded guilty to coming here to arrange sex with underage girls in Mexico.

Karsten Puschmann pleaded guilty to a one charge of Travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. He could get more than 17 years in Federal prison when he's sentenced. He will also be on a lifetime supervised release.

Court documents obtained by the News 4 Tucson Investigators show Puschmann was arrested June 26th, after flying into TIA from Texas.

The documents also outline email exchanges Puschmann is accused of having with someone he thought could arrange sex with girls ages 5 to 11-years-old in Mexico.

When Puschmann arrived in Tucson on June 26th, Federal authorities were waiting and questioned him. Court documents show Puschmann answered investigators questions, but told them he was traveling to Mexico for sexual encounters with women over aged 25.

According to the court documents, Puschmann's passport indicates he had travelled to Chile, Ecuador, Brazil and Venezuela in the four months prior and stayed in each country two to four days. Brazil and Central America are known child sex tourism destinations.

According to a reporter at Bild, a German newspaper, Puschmann was a teacher at a high school in Germany.

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