The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested four men Monday, February 14th, in Marina del Rey on charges of traveling for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with a minor.
According to multiple criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court Saturday, February 12th, the case was initiated in November 2003 when an undercover FBI agent gathered information on allegations that an individual was engaging in sex acts with a minor.
During the course of the investigation, the undercover agent identified additional individuals with similar intentions of traveling interstate for the purpose of engaging in sex with minors, according to the complaints.
This information led to a continuation of the FBI undercover investigation.
The defendants allegedly made arrangements through the undercover agent to travel internationally with minor boys. The defendants specified their preference with regard to the minor’s age and type of sexual activity, according to the complaint.
On Friday, February 11th, the four men met at a hotel in Marina del Rey.
The next morning, as the men loaded their luggage on a boat that they thought would take them on a trip to Ensenada, Mexico, the men were arrested by FBI agents.
The four men who were arrested are:
Sam Lindblad, 56, of Albuquerque, New Mexico;
Gregory Mark Nusca, 43, of Dania Beach, Florida;
Steven K. Irvin, 46, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and
Richard Stutsman, 59, of Seneca, South Carolina.
“This investigation exemplifies the FBI’s commitment nationwide, and the commitment of our local, state and federal task force partners, to finding child predators within the United States and beyond our borders,” said Richard T. Garcia, assistant director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles.
“The well-being of multiple children has been protected,” he added.