A former teacher, sentenced to 24 years in prison for child porn

27 October, 2021
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A former teacher, sentenced to 24 years in prison for child porn

An Adrian man and former Christian school teacher has been sentenced to 24 years in prison on child pornography charges.


Matthew De Thomas, 46, of Adrian, admitted that over the course of three years, he persuaded a minor victim to engage in sexually explicit behaviour, according to authorities. Officials said he did so to create images of this behavior.


Thomas is a former teacher at Lenawee Christian School.


Authorities said he admitted to possessing computer hard drives and cell phones containing thousands of photos and videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit behaviour. Officials said the photographs included photographs he had taken of unclothed minors and altered to make the children appear naked.


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