A former president of the Griffin, Ga., Rotary Club remains in the Muscogee County Jail after getting sentenced to five years in prison on attempted child molestation and child exploitation charges.
Frank S. Thompson, 42, pleaded guilty in December to attempted child molestation, computer pornography and child exploitation and obscene Internet contact with a child. Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan Jr. ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Thompson at that time, and Thompson remained out on bond pending his Friday sentencing.
On Friday, Jordan sentenced Thompson to five years in prison, followed by 15 on probation. His attorney, Mark Shelnutt, had asked in December for probation and counseling. Peter John Skandalakis, district attorney for the Coweta Judicial Circuit who is the special prosecutor for the case, recommended 10 years in prison, followed by 20 on probation.
Columbus police arrested Thompson Aug. 16, 2008, after he arrived downtown with a Web cam for the person he thought was the 12-year-old girl he’d been chatting with online for two months, Sgt. Debra Bohannon has said.
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Skandalakis said that Thompson inappropriately touched himself over a Web cam after the officer playing the role of a 12-year-old told him her age. At some point, Thompson asked if the “girl” wanted to meet and if she would perform oral sex on him, the prosecutor said.
Shelnutt said that his client was in town for a seminar and didn’t truly believe the person was 12 years old.