Pervert gets 15 years for making boy long-term sex slave

Posted: December 02, 2011

A FEDERAL JUDGE yesterday showed no mercy on a wealthy Chester County lawyer who was found guilty by a jury in October 2010 of traveling to Russia to engage in a sexual relationship with an underage boy.

U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez likened Kenneth Schneider, 47, of Berwyn, to a "monster" who forced a 12-year-old boy to "become his sex slave" for six years.

Then he sentenced Schneider to 15 years behind bars.

Prosecutors alleged that Schneider in 1998 offered to assist Roman Zavarov, then 12, by paying his board at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Authorities said Schneider then persuaded Zavarov's parents to permit the child to move into an apartment with him.

Schneider, an international business lawyer and founder of the Apogee Foundation, styled himself a benefactor of artistically gifted youth.

Zavarov, now 25, testified against Schneider at trial. The criminal case arose from a 2008 civil suit filed against Schneider by Zavarov, who is now married and a professional ballet dancer in Arizona.

Schneider took the stand in his own defense and denied ever having illicit sex with Zavarov.

Sanchez did not mince words in sentencing Schneider.

"You exploited a 12-year-old boy and basically wrecked his life," the judge said, noting that Zavarov still suffers pyschological wounds from the relationship, which ended in 2004.

Sanchez also ordered Schneider, who he said was not remorseful, to pony up $35,000 in restitution for medical and professional counseling for Zavarov.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Morgan said she hoped Schneider's sentencing would bring closure for Zavarov so that he could "move forward and recover" from his time with Schneider.

Defense attorney Sam Stretton vowed to appeal the conviction and sentence. "You can't call a man a monster and a sexual predator," Stretton said. "The jury never found that."

Zavarov testified at trial last year that Schneider had oral and/or anal sex with him three and four times a week when he was 14 and 15 years old.

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