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Friday, January 17, 2014

Leitchfield, Kentucky Man Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison For Possession And Distribution Of Child Pornography Images

OWENSBORO, Ky. - A Leitchfield, Kentucky man was sentenced to ten years in prison, followed by ten years of supervised release today, in United States District Court, before Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., after pleading guilty to violating federal child pornography laws including the possession and distribution of child pornography announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Michael Brandon Thompson, age 29, admitted in court to using a peer to peer file sharing network to allow others to download images of child pornography between July 18, 2011 and September 2, 2011. According to the factual basis found in an Affidavit attached to a Criminal Complaint, a detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department, utilizing the peer-to-peer file sharing network downloaded several password-protected files from Thompson. During the download, the detective was able to preview approximately 300 video files containing images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The Colorado law enforcement official forwarded the lead to the Kentucky State Police who executed a state search warrant on Thompson’s home. They seized computer equipment and storage devices for digital media. A forensic examination of those items revealed tens of thousands of videos and still images of child pornography, including the depictions of infants being sexually abused.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation through Kentucky’s Internet Crimes Against Children “ICAC” task force.

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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

Updated December 15, 2014