Greenfield Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Sexually Exploiting a 10-Year-Old Boy
BOSTON – A Greenfield man was sentenced in federal court in Springfield today for sexually exploiting a 10-year-old boy.
Derek Lecompte, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 15 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release. In January 2017, Lecompte pleaded guilty to three counts of child exploitation.
Lecompte befriended a 10-year-old boy and his family and eventually spent time at their house and then alone with the boy. While alone with the child, Lecompte engaged in sex acts with the boy and took sexually explicit photos of the child, including photos of the two engaged in sex acts. Lecompte then distributed the photos on the internet. Lecompte faced state charges in connection with this case and has pleaded guilty in state court to aggravated rape and abuse of a child.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan; and Greenfield Police Chief Robert H. Haigh Jr. made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Weinreb’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.