Pa. lawyer gets 15 years in Russian child-sex case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - December 1, 2011

Forty-seven-year-old Kenneth Schneider of Berwyn was sentenced Thursday. Prosecutors say he began a long relationship with a 12-year-old Russian boy in 1998.

They say Schneider paid for the boy's ballet school and had him move in to his Moscow apartment. He was also charged with bringing the boy to Philadelphia for a 2001 summer program and continuing the sexual relationship.

Schneider denied the charges, which arose after the victim filed a lawsuit against him in 2008. A jury convicted him last year of traveling for the purpose of engaging in sex with a minor, also called sex tourism.

Schneider founded the Apogee Foundation, a New York-based arts group.

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