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Child Porn Suspect Gets 885 Years In Prison, Could Also Face Attempted Child Rape And Murder Charges

| by Karin Sun

A Florida man was sentenced to 885 years in prison after being convicted of 60 counts of possessing child pornography. He could later stand trial for attempted kidnapping, rape and murder charges.

Shawn Ryan Thomas, 31, of Longwood, Florida, received the prison sentence on Oct. 12 after being convicted in June for possessing "massive" amounts of child porn, officials from the state Attorney General's office said in a statement.

The porn was discovered during a search of Thomas's home last year following a tip-off to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) concerning a possible plot to commit child rape and murder, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FDLE investigators were informed by an anonymous tipster in June 2014 that Thomas was planning to lure a 9-year-old girl and her parents to his Longwood home under the pretense that he was a filmmaker. He then allegedly planned to kill the girl's parents, film a DVD of himself raping the girl, and kill her as well, according to court documents. Thomas reportedly planned to sell the video.

The girl and her parents drove to Thomas's home, but then became suspicious and left.

The tip led investigators to arrest Thomas and search his home, where they found 60 child porn files on a laptop computer on his bed. According to authorities, the files included videos of up to an hour long and depicted children as young as 3 years old. 

A Seminole County jury took only three hours to find Thomas guilty of all 60 counts of possessing child porn, in spite of his lawyer's argument that the computer discovered in the search actually belonged to his roommate.

Judge Marlene Alva sentenced the man to 15 years in prison for each of 59 counts, and 15 years of sex offender probation for the last count.

The Oct. 12 sentencing was for the child porn convictions alone. Thomas is still expected to stand trial for additional charges of attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, and attempted child rape stemming from the alleged plot last June, the NY Daily News reports. In order to convict Thomas of these charges, prosecutors will have to prove that he actually intended to carry out the plot.

The trial date for the attempted murder, kidnapping, and child rape charges has not yet been set.

Sources: Orlando Sentinel, New York Daily News

Photo Credit: Seminole County Sheriff's Office, YouTube Screenshot