Computer user found guilty of seeking teen sex

Carroll deputy was posing as 13-year-old girl online

September 04, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 26-year-old Bethesda man admitted yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court that he drove to Finksburg in February for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with a bored 13-year-old girl home from school with a faked illness.

Todd K. Thompson instead was arrested Feb. 5 by a Carroll County sheriff's deputy who had been posing in an Internet chat room as "Stacie."

Thompson lived in Baltimore at the time of his arrest and arranged to meet the supposed girl for oral sex, Assistant State's Attorney Amy L. Blank said yesterday in a statement of facts agreed to by the defense. He sent his photograph and a description of his car and clothing to the deputy, who was waiting with other officers at a fast-food restaurant in Finksburg.

Thompson told police after his arrest that he "had done this many times. I've met a lot of girls over the Internet," according to Blank. Some he had "done stuff with" and with some he just had lunch, she added.

After hearing the agreed-upon statement of facts, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. found Thompson guilty of using a computer to solicit sex with a minor. The judge delayed sentencing while Thompson completes a counseling program, Blank said. She said the defendant will seek probation before judgment.

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