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Former soldier sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual abuse of young children on military bases including Joint Base Lewis-McChord

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Raped two children under the age of 12

Tacoma – A 40-year-old former soldier was sentenced Thursday, June 8, 2023, to thirty years in prison for raping two young children, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. Lewis Patrick Thompson was arrested in July 2020 and pleaded guilty in October 2022. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan ordered Thompson to be on lifetime supervised release following the prison term.

According to records filed in the case, the sexual assaults on the young children occurred on military bases overseas and in the U.S. The assaults occurred when Thompson was serving as a caregiver for the children.

The children disclosed the abuse to trusted adults when they were 11 years old. Both the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and the FBI moved quickly to investigate the matter. Thompson has been incarcerated at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac, Washington since the arrest.

At a future hearing, Judge Bryan will determine the amount of restitution Thompson must pay to the victims for the counseling and care they require due to the abuse.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matt Hampton.


Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or

Updated June 9, 2023

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