Judge hands down sentence; man smuggled teen into U.S. for sex

A Dallas man will spend a decade in prison for multiple sexual crimes against a teenage boy he met in Honduras and tried to smuggle into the United States.

U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera sentenced Donald Frederic Bollinger, 65, to a little more than 10 years in prison Wednesday afternoon on two counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places; transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; coercion and enticement-illicit sexual conduct; coercion and enticement of a minor; and traveling with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Bollinger, who met one of his three victims in Honduras while the teenage boy sold handmade crafts to tourists and slept on the beach without shelter, told Olvera he wanted to convey his deepest sorrow and that he is deeply ashamed of his actions.

“I beg the court not to throw away the key because I can change, I can change,” Bollinger said before sentencing.

The man initially faced three decades in prison, his attorney, Rick Canales, said after the hearing.

A few weeks ago, Bollinger’s sentencing was rescheduled after Canales told Olvera that Bollinger had information to share with the U.S. government, which agreed that it wanted to follow up on that information. This was not discussed during the sentencing hearing and the court record doesn’t reflect what Bollinger told the government.

A federal grand jury indicted Bollinger in October, 2017, accusing the Dallas man of traveling to Honduras, Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley to have sex with minor boys.

He took 14 trips to Honduras that lasted one week to nearly two weeks between Feb. 12, 2012, and March 4, 2014, to engage in illicit sexual conduct, including oral sex, with a child younger than 18, according to his plea packet.

After Bollinger’s arrest, authorities discovered that from January 2008 to June 2016 he had wired $36,762.72 through 349 wire transfers to Honduras.

When Bollinger discovered the teen sleeping on the beach, he offered him $100 for illicit sexual conduct and paid the teen on each occasion they engaged in illicit sexual conduct, court documents reveal. He admitted to meeting the teen at multiple locations in Honduras and also paid the boy and his family for illicit sexual conduct, according to this plea packet.

Bollinger’s victims, however, will not receive restitution, to which they are entitled by law.

“We have made attempts to contact (the victims) and unfortunately we cannot get information with regards to the restitution they would be able to prove and request,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ana Cano said during the hearing.

She did not elaborate on why the U.S. government was unable to contact Bollinger’s victims, one of whom was apprehended by Border Patrol agents on April 10, 2016. After Border Patrol arrested the teen, he made an outcry about the man’s sexual predation and the man’s conspiracy to smuggle the teen into the country.

After Bollinger serves his sentence, he will be placed on lifetime supervision and is subject to numerous conditions. Olvera also ordered Bollinger to pay a $60,600 fine.