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Thompson pleads guilty

SoVaNow.com / February 10, 2014
Ticey Lee Thompson, already serving a 39.5 year sentence in Danville for possession of child pornography, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, in Halifax County Circuit Court to six counts of aggravated sexual battery of three young children and fifteen counts of producing child pornography.

Thompson’s plea came one day before his scheduled two day jury trial was set to begin on Thursday. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 29 by the Halifax County Circuit Court judge.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin attention was drawn to Thompson after law enforcement officers discovered a computer which had been used by him to download internet child pornography.

After a search warrant was executed and a forensic examination made of the computer, officers discovered certain photographs of children which did not appear to have come from internet downloads.

South Boston Police Detective Randy Redd investigated the matter to determine the identity of the children appearing in the images he was concerned with.

Redd tried to find Thompson after which he succeeded in interviewing Thompson and obtaining a confession from him in October 2012 in Danville where the computer containing child pornography had been discovered by law enforcement.

Thompson confessed to touching his genitals to the children while they were sleeping and accessible to him, sometime between 2006 and 2008. He also admitted to taking a number of pornographic photographs memorializing his behaviors.

Those photographs depicting child pornography were presented to the court and ordered to be placed under seal at the request of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in order to protect the identity of the children.

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