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Spokane fugitive charged w/ child porn

A man wanted for failing to register in Spokane County is in custody on federal child pornography charges in Idaho.

Jody Michael Thomas, 40, was at a home in Caldwell, Idaho, when Idaho State Police served a search warrant for drugs last October.

Detectives found a computer containing child pornography that belonged to Thomas. He was arrested that day for failing to register as a sex offender in Idaho. He said he'd registered as a sex offender in Spokane but moved to Idaho in December 2009, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court.

Thomas was convicted of aggravated child molestation, statutory rape and three counts of child molestation in Georgia in 1988 for having sex with a 10-year-old girl. He served 15 years in prison. He also was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Okanogan County in 2004.

Thomas pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of sexually explicit images of minors, which bring a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and failure to register a s sex offender, which carries up to 10 years incarceration. He's to be sentenced June 14 in Boise.

He's still wanted in Spokane County on a $25,000 warrant for failure to register as a sex offender. http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sirens/2011/mar/14/tips-sought-3-fugitive-sex-offenders/


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