A Tennesse man will spend over a decade in prison after FBI agents busted him for arranging a meetup with young children as part of his “violent sadomasochistic” fantasies.
The United States Attorneys Office, Eastern District of Virginia, reports that Thomas Monti, 73, of Murfreesboro, known as “Master Thorn” online, thought he was talking to a 42-year-old woman on Alt.com and Kik messenger when he arranged to meet two children for sexual abuse. An undercover FBI agent was actually on the receiving end, posing as the woman while chatting with Monti.
According to investigators, Monti expressed interest in graphic and violent sexual conduct with the children during online chats that lasted around two months. In October 2019, Monti made arrangements to meet the children, while unbeknownst to him, he actually made arrangements to meet with the undercover agent.
The suspect drove 10 hours from Tennessee to Virginia, with the intention of living with the woman and the children, where he would engage in sexual acts with the minors. When Monti arrived at the designated meeting spot on October 3, he was confronted by the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force.
Authorities arrested Monti and found numerous items inside his car, including, in part, sex toys, candy, metal chains, handcuffs, and ball gags.
“Located in his vehicle were several items he had previously told the OCE he was bringing,” authorities said.
“These included, among other items, a package of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, a can of chili, a new robe, massage oil, and a suitcase full of various sex toys and objects.”
WARNING: The court documents below contain graphic information regarding child sexual abuse.
Investigators later determined that Monti was once a school administrator and an Uber driver.
Court documents indicate that Monti began working as a teacher in 1972, in the Nashville area. He later worked as an assistant principal from 1996 to 2007.
News Channel 5 reports that Monti was an assistant principal at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Ohio. In 2005, he was involved in a rape investigation involving a 14-year-old girl and placed on administrative leave.
Monti was subsequently convicted for “crossing states lines with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a person who has not obtained the age of 12.” Court records state that Monti thought the children were two girls, ages 6 and 10.
On Wednesday, a federal judge sentenced Monti to 16 years in prison.
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[Feature Photo: Thomas Monti/Handout]