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Sex Offender Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Sex Abuse Material

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SHELDON THOMSON, 36, last residing in Norwich, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for possessing child sex abuse images and videos.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2007, Thomson, who now identifies as female, was convicted in state court of sexual assault in the first degree, involving sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 13, and of risk of injury to a child.  She was released from prison in November 2015 and began serving a term of probation.  In May 2022, Thomson’s state probation officer seized multiple cellphones, a tablet, and a storage card from Thomson, her vehicle, and her residence.  Analysis of the seized devices revealed more than 100 images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, including prepubescent children.

On October 31, 2023, Thomson pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.  The penalties in this matter were enhanced based on Thomson’s prior convictions for sexual assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a minor.

Thomson is being sentenced tomorrow in state court for violating his probation.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of the State of Connecticut Office of Adult Probation, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel E. Cummings.

This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

To report cases of child exploitation, please visit

Updated June 6, 2024

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