British doctor 'travelled to Alaska for child sex after grooming six-year-old boy in internet chatroom'

A British research doctor working for a pharmaceutical company has been arrested in Alaska in an internet sex sting.

John Felton, 45, allegedly thought he was going to meet a perverted father and his two young children.

But when he arrived at Anchorage International Airport, he was met by an undercover immigration officer posing as the father, according to documents filed in federal court.

Anchorage International Airport, Alaska

Sex sting: John Felton flew from Boston to Anchorage International Airport in Alaska allegedly to meet a father and his two children whom he could abuse

Felton, who lives in a £600,000 apartment in Boston’s exclusive Back Bay, told the officer he had bought a superman costume for the six-year-old boy he planned to abuse and Hannah Montana gifts for his seven-year-old sister, according to court documents.

He was arrested as part of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s Operation Predator and was due to appear in court yesterday on charges of attempted aggravated sexual abuse.

Felton, a member of the Royal College of Physicians in London and a former medical director of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, allegedly exchanged dozens of  emails with a man called Bob.

In one exchange Bob - in reality an undercover agent - asked what he was into. Felton allegedly replied: 'Just really into kids,' according to the agent's affidavit.

Offering his own children to Felton, Bob reportedly told him he could do anything to the boy as long as it 'didn’t cause a trip to the hospital'.

Felton is the vice-president of clinical operations and medical affairs at Acambic Inc, a Massachusetts vaccine development company based near Harvard University. 

Ellyn Schindler, spokeswoman for human vaccine company Sanofi Pasteur, said   Felton also worked at the firm, but left five months ago.

He lived in a rented flat in West London until 2000 before he moved to the US.

He worked as a research fellow, lecturing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine studying the effects of sexually transmitted infections.

Felton faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum of life if convicted.

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