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Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Man captured in Mexico pleads guilty to child sex, porn charges


Wesley Thomason (Fairfax County Police Department)
A Fairfax County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to having carnal knowledge of two underage girls and producing and distributing child pornography before fleeing to Mexico to avoid prosecution.

Wesley Thomason, 39, of the Hayfield area, had been on the run for 12 years before he was arrested by Mexican authorities in Guadalajara and extradited to the United States in July, police said. He reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Fairfax County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Katherine Stott said in court Tuesday that Thomason first came to the attention of authorities in 2000. Officers served a search warrant on the Bond Court home where he was living with his parents.

Stott said officers uncovered evidence of drug use and Thomason admitted to using illicit substances. They also discovered a videotape that showed Thomason hiding a video camera on a bookshelf so he could surreptitiously film himself having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, Stott said.

Authorities later discovered the identity of the girl and she told them Thomason had given her $100 and a gram of cocaine, and had agreed to buy her a bathing suit in exchange for performing sexual acts on her, Stott said. The girl told authorities she didn’t know Thomason had filmed the encounter.

Thomason was arrested on drug, sex and child pornographycharges in 2000.

Authorities later discovered that Thomason had made a similar recording of another girl, who was underage at the time, Stott said. In the video, Thomason is seen smiling at the camera.

The defendant also wiped his computer clean and gave a neighbor a box of zip disks that authorities later found contained images of unrelated child pornography, Stott said.

Thomason failed to appear for a court hearing in March 2001. He admitted to authorities after his capture that he had stolen a friend’s identification and used it to board a flight to Mexico, Stott said.

Thomason lived in Guadalajara in the intervening years, but traveled back and forth to the United States on several occasions, Stott said. He also burned off his fingertips to avoid identification.

Thomason pleaded guilty to two counts of carnal knowledge of underage girls, two counts of producing child pornography, five counts of distributing child pornography and one count of failure to appear in court. Prosecutors dropped charges of cocaine possession and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Thomason faces up to 95 years in prison when he is sentenced in May. His attorney declined to comment on the case.

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