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Palmetto Man Sentenced To 60 Years For Producing Child Sexual Abuse Material

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge William Jung has sentenced Christopher Lee Thompson (46, Palmetto) to 60 years in federal prison for production of child sexual abuse material. The court also ordered Thompson to forfeit two cellphones, an external hard drive, a box of DVDs, and a 128GB Micro SD Card, which are traceable to proceeds of the offense. Thompson entered a guilty plea on March 6, 2024.

According to court documents, law enforcement investigated Thompson based on allegations made against him for sexual battery of a five-year-old child. After securing and executing a residential search warrant, law enforcement discovered Thompson possessed nearly 20,000 images of child sexual abuse material and produced his own child sexual abuse material with several different victims, all 13 years of age or younger.

“While it's heartbreaking to learn of yet another case of innocence lost because of a sexual predator, it's reassuring to learn of the continued dedication of special agents and our law enforcement partners in making sure this predator spends a long time in prison for his despicable crime,” said FBI Tampa Division Acting Special Agent in Charge Rodney Crawford.

This case was investigated by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Abigail K. King.

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 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

Updated June 25, 2024

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