HARRISONBURG — A convicted child molester was sentenced Friday to an additional 30 years in prison.

LaMarcus Deshunn Thomas, 33, of Winchester, pleaded guilty to two federal counts of producing child pornography.

According to documents in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg, Thomas was indicted on six counts of producing child pornography, with the charges stemming from a 2014 investigation by the Winchester Police Department that later expanded to include Virginia State Police and the FBI.

Rather than stand trial, Thomas entered into a plea agreement on Jan. 20 that dismissed four of the six charges and recommended a prison term of 15 to 42 years.

Thomas was previously convicted and sentenced on July 27, 2015, in Winchester Circuit Court, where he pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated sexual battery against two Winchester boys, ages 12 and 14.

Winchester Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Virginia Vile said at the time that Thomas, a former music minister at a local church, knew the boys from church and took them to a hotel, where he molested them.

Judge N. Randolph Bryant sentenced Thomas to two years in prison, saying he accepted the plea agreement only because pending federal charges could see to it that Thomas stayed locked up for 30 years or longer.

On Jan. 13, 2016, while incarcerated as a state prisoner at the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange, Thomas was indicted on the six federal charges by a grand jury in Harrisonburg.

According to a news release issued Friday by acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Rick A. Montcastle, the cellphone confiscated from Thomas at the time of his arrest by the Winchester Police Department contained child pornography depicting two boys who were 11 and 5 at the time of the incidents.

The boys appeared to be sleeping when Thomas shot the images and videos on various dates in 2014, Montcastle said in the release.

Investigators determined that Thomas spent significant time with the victims, including overnight visits, the release states.

Following his release from prison, Thomas must register as a convicted sex offender and will be on supervised probation for the rest of his life, according to the terms of his plea agreement.

— Contact Brian Brehm at bbrehm@winchesterstar.com

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