A man accused of operating a child pornography ring in the Coachella Valley will still face prosecution in Riverside County, even though he admitted multiple charges in a separate federal case that could land him behind bars for 29 years, officials said Wednesday.
William Clyde Thompson, 58, of Las Vegas on Monday admitted six counts related to running a child exploitation enterprise as part of a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Thompson is slated for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey on May 28 at the federal courthouse in Las Vegas. He’s being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.
The defendant was indicted on 26 felony counts in Riverside County, including human trafficking, sexual penetration of a child under 10 years old and possession of child pornography.
“We fully intend to continue our prosecution of defendant Thompson, to seek justice for victims in Riverside County,” District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall told City News Service. “Once Thompson has been sentenced in the federal case, we will have him transported to Riverside.”
Thompson was one of four men named in an indictment handed down by a Riverside County grand jury in 2014 in connection with the child porn ring in the Coachella Valley.
John David Yoder, 47, of Desert Hot Springs is the only one associated with the sex trafficking operation who has been tried and found guilty. He was sentenced in May 2016 to 24 years in state prison.
In addition to Thompson, Noland Anthony Harper, 64, of Richmond, Virginia, and Erick Alan Monsivais, 33, of Los Angeles have unresolved cases in Riverside County. However, Monsivais previously entered into a plea agreement with the D.A.’s office, under which he’s slated to serve 45 years in state prison. He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
Monsivais was a prosecution witness in Yoder’s trial and will be called to testify against Harper and Thompson, as well.
Harper was sentenced in Virginia in 2015 to 24 years in federal prison for child sexual abuse and exploitation. Hall said Harper and Thompson may be tried together.
According to testimony from Yoder’s trial, the former Palm Springs teacher’s aide made teenage boys available to himself and the other men at his Desert Hot Springs home, as well as alternate locations in the Coachella Valley.
Prosecutors said the men illegally photographed young boys over the course of two years. Deputy District Attorney Will Robinson said Yoder leased an apartment which Thompson and co-conspirators allegedly used to molest boys they met at a local skate park. That same apartment became the site of pornographic photo shoots involving local boys, Robinson said.
Yoder’s name also appeared on the registration of the car Thompson drove and on the Internet service account Thompson allegedly used to sell and distribute photos of scantily clad and naked Desert Hot Springs boys.
Robinson identified Yoder as the ringleader, asserting that “Mr. Yoder’s home was a lion’s den.”
According to federal prosecutors, between 2011 and 2014, Thompson traveled throughout the Vegas metropolitan area, in addition to Mohave Valley, Arizona, and Needles, California, where he lured youths to his residence for photography sessions that turned explicit.
He plied the victims, one as young as 10, with alcohol, money, games and other gifts to win their trust, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Using the aliases “Tony Bailor” and “Jason Brock,” Thompson posed as a “scooter sponsor” and claimed to be putting together a team of skateboarders, but his sole intention was to molest and take compromising pictures of children, prosecutors said.
He had some of the youths engage in specific sexual activity while snapping photos and shooting video, according to his plea agreement.
“At the time of his arrest (in January 2015), law enforcement recovered digital devices belonging to Thompson that contained over one million images and ranged from child erotica to child pornography of several victims,” according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement.
The defendant would advertise the porn via a web portal, and once visitors made purchases, he would direct them to a second site where they could download the images and videos, prosecutors said.