OWENSBORO, KY -- A Leitchfield man pleads guilty before Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin in U.S. District Court, to a three-count federal grand jury indictment charging him with violating federal child pornography laws. David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky says the charges include the possession and distribution of child pornography.
Michael Brandon Thompson, 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.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation through Kentucky’s Internet Crimes Against Children “ICAC” task force.