ST. PAUL -- A Rochester woman was sentenced to more than 16 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography.
Shahla Marie Thompson was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul by Judge Nancy E. Brasel to 200 months in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to court records.
In June, Thompson admitted that she received at least four photographs that meet the federal definition of child pornography from codefendant Adam Lee Reitz over Facebook. Thompson did not dispute that prosecutors had sufficient evidence to prove that she participated in producing the four pornographic images involving a 7-year-old child, but said she was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time and has no “specific memory of the events,” according to the plea.
Police began investigating Thompson and Reitz after a boy was taken to a hospital on May 1, 2018. The boy appeared to be under the influence of drugs after having been at Reitz's and Thompson's home, according to court records.
Ten days later, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted the Rochester Police Department to a Facebook message between Reitz and Thompson that appeared to contain a depiction of child pornography. Law enforcement was able to identify Reitz based on his tattoos.
Reitz was sentenced in August U.S. District Court in St. Paul by Judge Brasel to 27 years in prison followed by 25 years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in October 2019 to a single count of producing child pornography. A charge of distribution of child pornography was dismissed at sentencing.