BURLINGTON, Vt. - A Vermont was sentenced for 15 years for having thousands of images and videos of child pornography on his computer and other devices.
A press release says in December 2011, the South Burlington Police Department assigned to the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force discovered an individual sharing child pornography using peer-to-peer file sharing software. Police located the address in Colchester and found hundreds of images and videos on 46-year-old Derek Thomas's laptop. Thomas was arrested on March 2, 2012.
Police say thousands of images and videos of child pornography were also found on Thomas's iPod, iPhone, laptop computer, and computer hard drive.
During their investigation, police say, they also found Thomas posing as a teenage boy and coercing a 12-year-old girl to send sexually explicit photos using a cell phone. He also placed a video camera in the girl's bathroom. While setting up the camera, police say, Thomas accidentally video taped himself. Police later found those videos on his computer.
Thomas pleaded guilty to producing child pornography on December 16, 2013. He was imprisoned throughout all phases of prosecution.
After his prison term, Thomas will have 8 years of supervised release.
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