Greenfield man gets 15 years for child sexual exploitation

Recorder Staff
Monday, July 24, 2017

SPRINGFIELD —  A Greenfield man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually exploiting a 10-year old boy. 

Derek Lecompte, 27, was sentenced in federal court in Springfield Monday. In January he had pleaded guilty to three counts of child exploitation.

After becoming friends with a 10-year-old boy and his family, Lecompte would eventually spend time at the family’s home and then alone with the child, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

“While alone with the child, Lecompte engaged in sex acts with the boy and took sexually explicit photos of the child, including photos of the two engaged in sex acts,” the release said. “Lecompte then distributed the photos on the internet. Lecompte faced state charges in connection with this case and has pleaded guilty in state court to aggravated rape and abuse of a child.”

Lecompte was sentence 15 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release, by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni. 

The case was a part of a nationwide initiative to protect children from exploitation and abuse, Project Safe Childhood, created by the Department of Justice in 2006. The project works with federal, state and local resources to “locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims,” the release said.