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Former South Boston resident pleads to 21 sex charges

A former South Boston resident pleaded guilty Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a total of 21 sex and pornography charges.

Ticey Lee Thompson, a 31-year-old Danville resident, pleaded guilty to six counts of the aggravated sexual battery of three young children and 15 counts of producing child pornography, according to Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin.

Thompson entered his guilty pleas prior to a two-day jury trial, scheduled to begin on Thursday.

Law enforcement’s attention was first drawn to Thompson in 2010 when they discovered a computer used by him was being used to download Internet child pornography, according to Martin.

“As the result of a search warrant and a forensic examination of the computer, law enforcement discovered certain photographs of children which did not appear to have been Internet downloads,” she said.

“South Boston Police Department Detective Randy Redd investigated the matter to determine the identity of the children appearing in the images of concern and made attempts to locate Mr. Thompson,” Martin continued.

“Detective Redd succeeded in interviewing Mr. Thompson and obtaining a confession in October of 2012 in the City of Danville, where a computer containing child pornography had been discovered by law enforcement.

“Mr. Thompson confessed to touching his genitals to the children while they were sleeping and accessible to him, sometime between 2006 and 2008.

“He also admitted to taking a number of pornographic photographs memorializing his behaviors.

“Photographs depicting the child pornography were presented to the court and ordered under seal at the request of the commonwealth’s attorney in order to protect the identity of the children,” Martin said.

Thompson is currently serving an active sentence of 39 and one-half years in Danville for possession of child pornography, the commonwealth’s attorney added.

Sentencing for Thompson was continued to April 29, according to court records.

A Halifax County Grand Jury indicted Thompson March 11 charging him with six counts of aggravated sexual battery and 15 counts of production of child pornography with 14 of the 15 charges being a second or subsequent offense and involving children less than 15 years old, according to police records.

The convictions against Thompson stemmed from incidents that occurred between Jan. 1, 2006 and Oct. 7, 2010 and followed a lengthy investigation involving the South Boston Police Department, Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Danville Police Department, according to the South Boston detective.