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Convicted child predator sentenced to 420 years in prison

 

Greenbelt, MD – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang today sentenced Kyle Stephen Thompson, age 33, of Burtonsville, Maryland, to 420 years in federal prison concurrent to the state sentence to be imposed, and lifetime supervised release for his conviction on 18 counts of production of child pornography, involving videos documenting Thompson’s sexual abuse of three young girls, aged 2 to 4.  On September 13, 2018, the federal jury who heard the evidence during his three-day trial returned its guilty verdict on each of the 18 counts after deliberating less than 30 minutes.

 

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

 

U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur stated, “Kyle Thompson’s horrific sexual assaults on young girls would not have stopped without the work of the prosecutors, law enforcement agents, and witnesses in this case.  Today’s sentence is a result of their efforts and ensures that Thompson will never be able to abuse a child again.”

 

According to the evidence presented at his trial and at today’s sentencing hearing, from May 9, 2015, to January 28, 2017, Thompson sexually assaulted three young girls, each of whom were between two and four years of age at the time of the abuse, in order to produce visual depictions documenting the abuse.  Witnesses testified that on March 17, 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Thompson’s residence and recovered a Secure Digital (SD) memory card hidden in the laundry room.  During a preliminary on-scene forensic preview of the SD card, law enforcement saw a video depicting child pornography.  According to trial testimony, subsequent forensic analysis of the SD card revealed 18 videos of Thompson sexually abusing the three young girls.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.   

 

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the FBI, Montgomery County Police Department, and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kristi N. O’Malley, Joseph Baldwin, and Kelly O. Hayes, who prosecuted the federal case.

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