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Iuka Man Sentenced to 28 Years in Federal Prison for Child Sex Crimes

Staff reports

An Iuka man was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison for child sex crimes, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week.

Clayton Junior Thornburg, 55, was found guilty of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor, transporting child pornography and being a registered sex offender who committed another sex offense involving a minor, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Thornburg, who was already a two-time convicted sex offender, was found guilty in November after a bench trial in Tampa, Fla.

Between August and November 2015, Thornburg communicated online with an undercover agent, who posed as a 13-year-old girl, according to evidence presented at trial.

Thornburg “repeatedly expressed explicit interest in having sex with the ‘child,’ and he sent multiple pornographic images and videos . . .,” a Department of Justice news release says.

Thornburg is a two-time convicted sex offender and was on probation in Illinois for possession of child pornography at the time of the offenses in this case, the release added.

“This case should reassure the public that (Homeland Security Investigations) is paying close attention to the safety of our children,” HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero said in a statement. “HSI special agents will continue to take child predators off our streets.”

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa M. Thelwell. U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. sentenced Thornburg.

It was another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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