83 UMKC L. Rev. 687 (2014-2015)
Catching American Sex Offenders Overseas: A Proposal for a Federal International Mandated Reporting Law

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         CATCHING AMERICAN SEX OFFENDERS
                              OVERSEAS:
    A  PROPOSAL FOR A FEDERAL INTERNATIONAL
                 MANDATED REPORTING LAW

                            Basyle J. Tchividjian*

                            I. INTRODUCTION

        Good   News for All (GNA) is a large American missionary
 organization that sends missionaries into remote parts of the world to provide
 basic medical and educational services.' One of its largest missions is on Buton
 Island, Indonesia. In the main city of Bau-Bau, GNA operates a hospital and an
 elementary school that service the surrounding  population.  The  hospital is
 named  the Stewart Coop  Memorial   Hospital in honor of the retired GNA
 missionary who started the hospital many years ago. Dr. Mark Coop is the son of
 Stewart Coop and had been the chief physician of the mission hospital for many
 years. Dr. Coop was  a thirty-five year old married father of three children who
 was a very well liked and influential member of the mission field. Though he
 had a reputation as the most brilliant physician serving with GNA, Dr. Coop was
 also known for intimidating those around him who were less educated.
        Mary  and Lewis Swanson  are an elderly couple who served on the GNA
Bau-Bau  mission. Mr.  Swanson  was assigned to be the caretaker of the hospital.
Ms.  Swanson  served as a teacher's aide in the GNA elementary school. Lewis
and  Mary  had  little formal education, but were passionate about serving the
people of Buton Island.
        All the GNA  missionaries in Bau-Bau live in a residential compound that
adjoins the hospital and elementary school. At the time, Mr. and Ms. Swanson
lived in a small house located next door to the larger house occupied by Dr. Coop
and his family. Though  the two families got along, the Coop family spent most
of their time socializing with the other missionary physicians and their families.
        One day as Ms. Swanson  was walking back to the house after school, she
observed Dr. Coop  walking away  from his house with a ten-year-old missionary
girl named Tabitha.  Tabitha's father was also a physician and worked with Dr.
Coop  at the hospital. At the time, Ms. Swanson didn't think much of it, as she


Professor Tchividjian is a former child abuse prosecutor from Florida who currently teaches Child
Abuse and the Law and several other criminal law related courses at Liberty University School of
Law.  Professor Tchividjian also serves as Executive Director of GRACE (Godly Response to
Abuse in the Christian Environment), www.netgrace.org. This article would not have been
possible without the invaluable assistance of Ellen Milacci Centore and especially, Elizabeth
Morgan Kendrick.
' The following case study is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are
products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events,
locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. This case study is copyrighted 0 2014
by Basyle J. Tchividjian. All rights reserved. No part of this Article may be reproduced in any
form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information
storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from the author.

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