LAWRENCE — A township man will be sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting he used Facebook Messenger and FaceTime over the course of four months to get young children to create sexually explicit videos.

Curtis E. Thompson, 32, a resident of the Lawrenceville section, pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography.

In his guilty plea, Thompson said from May of 2015 through September of that year he used his iPhone to communicate with the victims knowing at least one of the two involved was under the age of 18, U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced Wednesday.

During that time, Fitzpatrick said Thompson got the victims to "engage in sexually explicit activity," and that it was then either recorded or streamed online. Thompson admitted to paying the victim for the content.

Under the terms of the agreement, Thompson will be sentenced April 13 to 20 years in prison and will face lifetime supervision after his release. Thompson was first charged on Nov. 10, 2015, and has been in custody ever since.

Thompson is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender David A. Holman.

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