Philanthropist in PA to Face Trial For Sex Tourism

A philanthropist charged with traveling to Russia to have sex with a young dancer is back in the United States to face trial.

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia on Friday said 45-year-old Kenneth Schneider has been extradited from Cyprus on sex-tourism charges. Schneider is the founder of the New York-based Apogee Foundation, MyFoxPhilly reports.

Prosecutors say he had sex with a 12-year-old boy while helping out at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography in 1998 and later brought the boy back to Philadelphia.

Schneider, a London-based financier, has been in custody in Cyprus since March. Defense lawyer Joseph McHale says he will fight the charges.

The Apogee Foundation's website says the group aims to discover and assist performing artists from around the world.

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