Arizona man sentenced to 30 years after being found guilty of child sex crimes

Sep 2, 2022, 4:05 AM
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PHOENIX — A Mohave Valley man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Aug. 24 after being found guilty of four counts for offenses against minors, authorities said.

Kyle Thompson, 47, was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 24 on two counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with two 15-year-old girls and another two counts of commission of sex offense by a registered sex offender.

Thompson is a registered sex offender from a 2013 conviction for attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, for which he was in state prison until 2016.

After his release, Thompson used his social media accounts to pose as a Hollywood movie producer to the two 15-year-old victims.

“Social media makes children particularly vulnerable to sexual predators,” United States Attorney Gary Restaino said in a press release. “This sentence should send a powerful message to anyone who travels with the intent to abuse young people.”

In December of 2016, he went on a cross-country trip and engaged in sexual intercourse with one of the victims and repeatedly requested for acts of sex with the other victim, the release said.

Thompson had sexually explicit phone calls with the victims, where he also impersonated a famous actor in attempt to entice the victim who previously had not engaged in sexual acts with him.

He would photoshop himself into celebrity photos to share them to social media, the release said.

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