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Collin County Man Convicted for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
PLANO, Texas – A 77-year-old McKinney, Texas man was found guilty for failing to register as a sex offender in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
A jury found Larry Wayne Thompson guilty on July 30, 2014, for failure to register as a sex offender before U.S. District Judge Richard Schell. Thompson faces up to two years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
According to information presented in court, Thompson was convicted of possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in 2000. As a result of this conviction, Thompson is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. In 2011, Thompson moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and then in 2013, he moved from Corpus Christi to McKinney, Texas. Thompson failed to register and update his registration to reflect his move to McKinney, Texas. Thompson was previously convicted for failing to register as a sex offender in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi in 2011.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys William R. Tatum and Stevan A. Buys.