Grass Valley man sentenced to over 10 years in prison on child porn, enticing charges | TheUnion.com

Grass Valley man sentenced to over 10 years in prison on child porn, enticing charges

The Union staff

A Grass Valley man convicted of receiving child pornography and trying to entice a child was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento to over 10 years in prison, reports state.

The accusations against Samuel C. Thompson, 34, stem from two separate incidents. He had pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography and was awaiting sentencing when authorities accused him of attempting to use the internet to entice a child to engage in sexual activity, a release states.

According to federal prosecutors, Thompson used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download child pornography between August 2012 and March 2013. He pleaded guilty to the child pornography charge in May 2016. The U.S. Attorney’s Office recommended a seven- or eight-year sentence.

Thompson was awaiting sentencing in 2016 when he posted an online ad looking for a “younger lover” to meet and teach. That led an undercover Placer County Sheriff’s Office detective to reply. Thompson then went to an Auburn park, thinking he’d meet a 13-year-old girl. Instead officers arrested him, reports state.

A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors said Thompson pleaded guilty to the second offense, which carries a 10-year minimum sentence. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. on Friday sentenced Thompson to 10 years and four months in prison.


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