(STL.News) – Charles Heath Thompson, 44, of Shreveport, was sentenced today for receipt of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced. United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. sentenced Thompson to 120 months (10 years) in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. Thompson pleaded guilty to the charge on January 24, 2020.
In February 2015, federal agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were monitoring a members-only, dark net website known as Playpen. The website was not accessible through traditional web browsers and the users had to utilize a specific website link and special browsers to access it. The Playpen website was identified as a website in which users would trade, possess, receive, and view child pornography.
According to information presented to the court, while monitoring the Playpen website, the FBI determined that a certain user had actively logged into the website on various days, including February 21, 2015. During their investigation, it was revealed that this particular user had logged into the Playpen website for approximately 11 hours and 23 minutes on that date and had downloaded and received child pornography images. The images reflected minors under the age of 12 years old being sexually abused. After further investigation, FBI agents learned that the user was Charles Heath Thompson and he had in fact received said images from this website on the internet.
The FBI and Bossier City Marshal’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Luke Walker and Tennille Gilreath prosecuted the case.