By Chris BevanRead moreThe trial of Michael Breen, who is being tried in the United Kingdom for child sexual exploitation, began in the US in March.
Breen, a 30-year-old father of three, is charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a child and four counts of aggravated rape.
Breyers trial was the latest in a string of child sexual abuse cases that have rocked Britain.
The Crown Prosecution Service is seeking more than 30 years in prison for Breen.
A UK government spokeswoman said it was “disappointed” that a court case was “being handled by the UK justice system” and “appalled that such a serious crime was being prosecuted in the UK”.
The UK justice minister said the British public were being protected from child sexual predators by the justice system, while the UK’s National Crime Agency said it would not prosecute anyone who engaged in child sexual activity online.
Theresa May’s justice secretary, David Lidington, has been in contact with British authorities about the case, the government said in a statement.
He said: “The justice system is committed to protecting children from sexual exploitation and has made it clear that we will not prosecute people who engage in child sex exploitation online.”
We will continue to work with the US authorities to investigate this case and will continue our efforts to clamp down on this abhorrent behaviour.