Army Member Stationed At MacDill Sentenced To 15 Years For Production Of Child Pornography
Tampa, FL - U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez-Covington sentenced Thomas Meyer (42, Riverview) today to 15 years in federal prison for production of child pornography. As part of his sentence, he was ordered to serve a life term of supervised release following his release from prison. The court also ordered Meyer to forfeit his computer equipment, pay $300 in restitution to the victim, and register as a sex offender. Meyer pleaded guilty on February 7, 2013.
According to court documents, Meyer is a member of the United States Army and was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base. Between October 2011 and January 2012, Meyer used Yahoo! Messenger to have sexually explicit online chats with a female minor in Pennsylvania and another individual he thought was a 13 year old female, but who was actually an undercover detective in Kentucky. At Meyer's request, the minor female from Pennsylvania sent three pornographic photographs to Meyer's Yahoo! account. Meyer sent the undercover detective images of child and adult pornography, as well as an explicit web video of himself. He attempted to persuade the undercover detective to send him sexually explicit pictures of herself.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the MacDill Air Force Base Office of Special Investigations (OSI), the Largo Police Department, the Kenton County (Kentucky) Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.
It is another case 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 (CEOS), 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.projectsafechildhood.gov. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov and click on the tab "other resources."