A Brazilian judge indicted a U.S. couple on charges of sexually abusing children at a Brazilian nudist colony, a court official said.
Judge Vancarlo Andre Anacleto indicted Frederic Calvin Louderback, 63, of San Diego, and his companion, Barbara Anner, 72, on charges of "the sexual abuse of children, corruption of minors and conspiracy," Renata Savian, the judge's top aide, said by telephone Thursday.
The judge also indicted Andre Ricardo Herdy and Cleci Jaeger, a Brazilian couple suspected of helping the Americans, and the parents of three boys who were allegedly abused sexually.
Police inspector Juliano Ferreira said the parents "received money in exchange for allowing their sons to be sexually abused by the American and Brazilian couples."
American couple denies charges
The two couples resided in the Colina do Sol nudist colony until they were arrested Dec. 11 and accused of sexually abusing 12 boys. Anner is accused of luring the boys, between the ages of 6 and 14, with promises of gifts, food and trips, police said.
Authorities say hundreds of photos of young boys engaged in homosexual acts were found in the U.S. couple's home in the nudist colony.
All of the boys lived in poor neighborhoods near the colony, police said.
Police are still analyzing computers seized at the American couple's home in the nudist colony to determine if the photos on the CDs and DVDs were posted on the Internet. The analysis is not expected to be concluded before March.
The American couple have denied all the allegations and have told their lawyers they believe they were set up by wealthy members of the colony who didn't like their work for the poor.