Lawrence County Man Headed to Prison on Child Porn Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Lawrence County man will spend the next eight years in jail on child pornography charges.

Wednesday, Michael Thompson, of Lawrence County, Ohio, pleaded guilty to pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and one count of sexual battery.

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, deputies began to investigate Thompson after receiving a call from CPS. Child Protective Services received allegations from family members which spurred the investigation.

Thompson was arrested by U.S. Marshals back in September 2012. He was then indicted in October on two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and two counts of sexual battery.

Thompson was back in a Lawrence County courtroom Wednesday morning, where he pleaded guilty to the charges.

After pleading guilty, Thompson was immediately sentenced to eight years in prison. He will also have to register as a Tier 1 sex offender for the next 15 years.

Additional charges against Thompson could be filed.


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