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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Montgomery County Man Indicted Federally For Production of Child Pornography

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Kyle Stephen Thompson, age 31, of Burtonsville, Maryland, on 18 counts of production of child pornography. The indictment was returned late on April 5, 2017.

 

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

 

According to the indictment, from May 9, 2015, to January 28, 2017, Thompson allegedly engaged in sexually explicit conduct with three minors, in order to produce visual depictions documenting the abuse.

 

Investigators believe that Kyle Thompson may have befriended women who have young girls in order to gain access to those girls. Anyone who may have information regarding inappropriate or criminal activity committed by Thompson, or possible victims of Thompson, is asked to contact the Baltimore FBI at 410-265-8080.

 

If convicted, Thompson faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and up to 30 years in prison for each of the 18 counts of production of child pornography. Thompson is currently detained on related state charges. Thompson’s initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt has not yet been scheduled.

 

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.

 

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Montgomery County Police Department, and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly O'Connell Hayes and Kristi N. O’Malley, who are prosecuting the federal case.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 6, 2017