Thomas Andrew Opiela, age 52, of Raymond pleaded guilty to two counts of child exploitation (possession of child porn) in Hinds County Circuit Court today before Judge William A. Gowan. As a result, Opiela was sentenced to ten years, with five suspended, five to serve. He was also ordered to serve five years post release supervision, pay $1,000 to the crime victim compensation fund and he must register as a sex offender upon release.
The Attorney General’s investigation found child pornography on the defendant’s home computer.
“We caught this defendant downloading videos and pictures of child pornography from the internet and then placing them on a file sharing network,” said Attorney General Hood. “We are glad to have stopped him, and appreciate Judge Gowan for making sure he goes to prison.”