Missouri man sentenced to life in prison in Illinois court for sex trafficking of a minor

A Missouri man was sentenced to life imprisonment in Illinois Wednesday after he was convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Donald Boyce. 

Boyce’s office says Chief District Court Judge Michael Reagan handed down the life sentence Wednesday to 29-year-old Marcus Thompson of Park Hills Missouri. The judge also ordered Thompson to pay a $200 special assessment and a $250 fine. 

Thompson was sentenced regarding charges alleging he recruited, transported and advertised an underage girl from Illinois for paid sex acts in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana over the course of six weeks in June and July of 2015. 

Boyce’s office says Thompson posted sexually explicit pictures of the girl online as part of an ad for sex with a minor, and that he arranged prices, services and meeting locations for people who wanted to have sex with her. Thompson also raped her on at least five different occasions. 

Reagan said in court that Thompson was responsible for both repeatedly raping the girl, and arranging for others to rape her. The judge characterized him as a "predator" who "sold the minor victim as a commodity." 

Boyce’s office notes that Thompson’s wife, Robin Thompson, took and posted the pictures of the girl online as well. The woman was sentenced for sex trafficking of a minor on Sept. 15. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Robin Thompson was sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. 

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