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May 6, 2015

American Facebook Predator Jailed

David Wendel Thompson

In the U.S., former middle school teacher, forty-nine-year-old David Wendel Thompson has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison after being found guilty of attempting to lure Belizean teens for sex.  Thompson, who admitted to leading a double life, spun many fantastic yarns about the immense wealth his country has to offer to adolescent Belizean girls, including fancy cars and real estate.  There was also the scared stiff Thompson, who feared going to prison.  The erstwhile sixth grade teacher, who taught at Centennial Middle School in Dade City, swore under oath that he never acted inappropriately in his correspondence with girls in Belize.  He told the court, quote, I thought everybody lied on Facebook, I didn’t believe it was real, unquote.  In his ruse, Thompson created the role of Iris Levy, an impoverished Belizean teen who spoke graciously about Big Dave, Thompson’s alter ego.  Big Dave, according to Iris, reportedly visited Belize occasionally and spent a lot of money.  Through the persona, Iris introduced the girls to Thompson on Facebook.  Thompson has pleaded guilty to online enticement of a minor, a charge that carries up to life in prison.  District Judge Susan Bucklew a lesser sentence of fifteen years, after which he will serve ten years of probation.

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