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TAMPA — A former Navy sailor and college math tutor who kept a teenage girl in his Brandon home for sex was sentenced Tuesday to 19 years in prison, ending a lurid case that raised uncomfortable questions of consent. Thomas Richard Hill, 41, pleaded guilty early this year to charges of enticement of a minor and production of child pornography. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington also ordered 15 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence.
Hill will have to register as a sex offender for life. In court, there was considerable discussion about the age of consent for sexual activity. The girl lived in Georgia, where the legal age is She was brought to Florida, where it is Hill was 39 when he met the girl on an adult-oriented website.
She was 17, but close to turning They first started talking on video calls through Skype.
Between November and Decemberthey exchanged more than 3, messages. The chats focused on sexual fantasy and captured Hill ordering the girl to take pictures of herself engaging in lewd acts. Hill sought such a relationship with the girl.
He said Hill was hesitant to bring the girl to Florida. He did so only after she falsely told him that her parents planned to sell her into sexual slavery, the attorney said.
She was crying, seemed scared and told the deputy she wanted to go home. In it, she wrote of flashbacks, bouts of panic, and the ever-present fear that Hill would return to hurt her.
I expect the kind of respect that you give to electricity or fire. The chats focused on sexual fantasies centered around bondage and discipline, and captured Hill ordering the girl to take pictures of herself engaging in lewd and grotesque acts. A California native, Hill served six years in the U. He trained as an electrician and spent the bulk of his service aboard the nuclear submarine U. Jefferson City. He later obtained a degree in computer science from the University of South Florida and worked for Hillsborough Community College as a math tutor and laboratory technician.
Hill, thin-framed, bespectacled and donning an orange jail uniform Tuesday, stood straight before the judge and apologized to the victim.
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Manage my subscription Activate my subscription Log out. Navy veteran gets 19 years in Brandon sex case Thomas Hill, 41, pleaded guilty in January to federal charges related to a sexual relationship he had with a year-old girl.
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