Lookout Mountain Resident Indicted for Child Exploitation

James C. Thompson faces charges for transporting minors for sexual activity.

On June 5, 2024, a federal grand jury in Knoxville indicted James C. Thompson, 71, of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, on three counts related to transporting minors with the intent to engage in sexual activity. Thompson appeared in court before United States Magistrate Judge Christopher H. Steger, pleading not guilty to the charges. He remains in custody pending his trial set for August 12, 2024, in Chattanooga before United States District Judge Travis R. McDonough.

The indictment claims that Thompson transported minors across state lines in November and September 2000 with the intention of engaging in sexual activity. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $350,000, and three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III of the Eastern District of Tennessee announced the indictment. The FBI is seeking to identify additional potential victims, who may have been involved in youth wrestling programs or youth hunting organizations. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Chattanooga FBI Office at 423-265-3601 or report it at tips.fbi.gov.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the FBI, the Jackson County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office, and the Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Brooks represents the United States in this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation, and all individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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