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Rochester Couple Charged with Multiple Child Pornography Crimes

Adam Reitz & Shahla Thompson Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Adam Reitz & Shahla Thompson

July 06, 2018 02:26 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A Rochester man and woman have been charged with multiple crimes in connection to a child pornography case involving a child under the age of 10. 

Adam Reitz and Shahla Thompson were arrested Thursday, but the case dates back to August of 2017.  According to court documents, authorities were first alerted when the boy's mother called the police to say her son had returned from Reitz's home and appeared to be under the influence. He reportedly tested positive for "methamphetamine poisoning" at a local hospital. 

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Police received consent to search the home where Reitz was staying. They say they discovered evidence of controlled substances including meth. 

Ten days later, authorities received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which indicated the Facebook Messenger communications between Reitz and Thompson, his significant other, included possible child pornography.  Search warrants were granted for the suspects' electronic devices. Court documents say police found evidence connecting both suspects' phones to images that appear to show Reitz engaged in sexual conduct with the victim.

During a second interview with the victim, he detailed multiple sexual assaults. He added that after one assault, Reitz told him to get a note from under the bed. He says in the note, Reitz threatened to kill him or his mother if he told anyone what had happened. 

When investigators confronted Reitz with a photo of the sexual abuse, said he did not remember it but did say he does "dumb" stuff when he is high on meth. He also said if the images were real, he did not want to live.

When Thompson was confronted with allegations of abuse, she said she didn’t recall any of it, but reportedly conceded there was a possibility it happened. Investigators say she admitted to using meth for "a long time" and claimed it affects her memory. 

Police say Reitz has a history of criminal sexual conduct. They say in 2008, he was interviewed regarding disclosures he made during a polygraph examination. During the interview, they say he admitted to consensual sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 16. He stated he engaged in sexual contact with a family member who was 11 when he was 13. He also allegedly admitted to attempting to penetrate a female infant when he was 12 or 13.

Reitz is charged with the following: 

  • First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct – Victim under Thirteen Years of Age
  • Second Degree Criminal Sexual conduct – Victim under Thirteen Years of Age
  • Use of a Minor in a Sexual Performance
  • Dissemination of Child Pornography 
  • Possession of Child Pornography 
  • Child Endangerment – Substantial Bodily Harm to Physical, Mental, or Emotional Health 

Thompson is charged with the following: 

  • Aiding and Abetting First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct – Victim under Thirteen Years of Age
  • Aiding and Abetting Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct – Victim under Thirteen Years of Age
  • Use of Minor in a Sexual Performance
  • Dissemination of Child Pornography
  • Possession of Child Pornography 
  • Child Endangerment – Substantial Bodily Harm to Physical, Mental, or Emotional Health 
     

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