Leitchfield, Kentucky Man Guilty of Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography Images
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) OWENSBORO, Ky., Aug. 30 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky issued the following news release:
A Leitchfield, Kentucky, man pleaded guilty this week, in United States District Court, before Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin, to a three-count federal grand jury indictment charging him with violating federal child pornography laws including the possession and distribution of child pornography announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Michael Brandon Thompson, age 29, admitted in court to using a peer to peer file sharing network to allow others to download images of child pornography between July 18, 2011 and September 2, 2011. According to the factual basis found in an Affidavit attached to a Criminal Complaint, a detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department, utilizing the peer-to-peer file sharing network downloaded several password-protected files from Thompson. During the download, the detective was able to preview approximately 300 video files containing images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
The Colorado law enforcement official forwarded the lead to the Kentucky State Police who executed a state search warrant on Thompson's home. They seized computer equipment and storage devices for digital media. A forensic examination of those items revealed tens of thousands of videos and still images of child pornography, including the depictions of infants being sexually abused.
Thompson faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison.
The maximum potential penalties are 50 years in prison, a fine of $750,000 and a period of supervised release of at least 5 years and could be for the remainder of his life. Sentencing is scheduled before Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. on November 15, 2013, in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation through Kentucky's Internet Crimes Against Children "ICAC" task force..
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