Tampa, Fla. (CW69 News at 10) – U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington has sentenced Thomas Hill, 41, of Hillsborough County to 19 years in federal prison for enticement of minor and production of child pornography, according to a U.S. Attorney’s statement.
Hill had pleaded guilty on January 7, 2020.
According to court documents, starting in November 2018, Hill began communicating online with a 17-year-old girl in Georgia. At Hill’s direction, the girl produced pornographic images of herself and transmitted them to Hill in Tampa via Skype messenger. In online chats, Hill also instructed the victim to use various objects to penetrate herself, to refer to herself as his slave, and to address him as “master.” Hill and the victim made plans for Hill to take the victim from her home in Georgia so she could live with him and told the victim that he would physically and sexually abuse her and their future offspring.
In early December 2018, Hill drove to Georgia, picked up the victim without her parents’ knowledge or consent, and brought her back to Tampa to live with him. Once in Tampa, Hill forced the victim to engage in non-consensual sex acts. Hill also made the victim perform unpaid menial labor at his house and restricted her ability to leave the residence or communicate with outsiders. After living with Hill for several weeks, the victim fled Hill’s home until local law enforcement found her running down the street, crying for help.