News Americas, TAMPA, FL, Fri. May 8, 2015: A 49-year-old former Florida teacher will spend the next 15 years of his life in federal prison for online enticement of two teens in the Central American island of Belize.
David Wendel Thompson will also have to cope with 10 years of supervised release following his sentence.
According to court documents, between Dec. 14, 2013, and March 14, 2014, Thompson of Seffner, Florida, used Facebook to attempt to persuade two minor females in Belize, ages 13 and 15, to engage in sexual intercourse with him.
He did so using his own Facebook account and a fake Facebook account he had set up to appear as though it belonged to a female teenager in Belize.
On March 14, 2014, Thompson flew from Tampa to Belize, with a layover in Miami, to meet the minors with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.
He was denied entry into Belize and returned to Miami, where he was arrested. Thompson admitted to communicating with the girls on Facebook and to knowing that they were underage. Before his arrest, Thompson was a social studies teacher at Centennial Middle School in Dade City. Thompson pleaded guilty Oct. 20, 2014.