Former Franklin County Middle School Teacher Of The Year, Robert Alan Thompson Sentenced For Child Exploitation Crimes Involving Former Student
LOUISVILLE, KY (STL.News) Robert Alan Thompson, 34, of Hodgenville, Kentucky, was sentenced by United States District Judge David J. Hale on Thursday, January 29, 2021, to 15 years in prison followed by a 15-year term of Supervised Release for online enticement of a minor and production of child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett.
According to the Plea Agreement, on April 21, 2020, law enforcement officials executed a state search warrant at the residence where Thompson was living in LaRue County, Kentucky, and seized Thompson’s iPhone. During a post-Miranda interview, Thompson indicated that he would receive images and videos of child pornography via online links and visit teen chat rooms pretending to be a teenage boy. Thompson further stated that about a month prior to the search he had received two pictures of underage boys engaging in sexually explicit conduct from a friend.
A Detective with the Kentucky Office of Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations conducted a full file system extraction of the iPhone. During the review, the Detective found evidence of child pornography and evidence that, earlier in April 2020, Thompson initiated a conversation with a former 8th grade student of his – who was then 17.