An American using the alias Steve Austin Conway has set up several websites to attract Hong Kong’s domestic workers to join a membership club and attend ‘parties’ with the promise of work in Las Vegas as luxury hotel maids. NGOs and helper agencies have raised concerns that his Hong Kong business is suspicious, whilst a 2-week investigation by Hong Wrong confirms that Conway is, in fact, a convicted paedophile from Seattle named Earl Lynn Bagley.
Bagley was a wanted fugitive until February 4th, 2013 when he was arrested in the Philippines and extradited to the US for failing to sign onto the sex offenders’ register. He came to Hong Kong last autumn, though a US Dept. of Justice website states that he – again – has been in violation of his obligations to sign onto the sex offenders’ registry since November 29th last year. No US bodies would comment as to whether he was being sought by authorities. It is unclear if he has a Hong Kong work visa.
In 2004, Bagley was sentenced to 51 months custody, including 3 years supervised release. Now aged 61, he remains on the California and Washington sex offender registries following 4 convictions including possession of child porn, child molestation, ‘oral copulation with a minor under 14-years-of-age or by force or fear‘ and ‘assault with intent to commit a specified sex offence‘.