Facebook, it seems everyone has an account open on the social network, including minors thus resulting in easy targets for child predators.
Tonight one of those men has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to online enticement of a minor. The intended victims of 49 year old David Wendel Thompson lived in Belize. The incident was discovered back in 2014 in the month of October when the victims were of the age of 13 and 15. Thompson, according to reports used Facebook to try to coax the girls to have sex with him, promising money.
Thompson left Tampa for Belize City on March 14 2014 but was denied entry and arrested in Miami upon his return home. He admitted to federal authorities that he knew the girls were underage.
The former sixth-grade teacher at Centennial Middle School in Dade City was sentenced today. During sentencing the 49 year old swore that he never acted inappropriately toward any child when he was a teacher. And he claimed he never would have acted on his chats with the girls in Belize, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Peresie said Thompson was interviewed three times by Homeland Security agents. Once at the airport in Miami on his way to Belize, once in Belize and upon his return to Miami and never before claimed this was only fantasy. Instead, she said, he justified his plans. He told agents it was legal in Belize to have sex with girls as young as 16, but that he planned only to have sex with 18-year-olds. When Homeland Security agents searched Thompson’s bags during his layover in Miami, they found condoms and Cialis, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction, according to a criminal complaint affidavit.
They also found two computer tablets, which apparently were gifts for the two girls. After he is released from prison, Thompson will serve 10 years of probation.
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