Former U.P. Teacher Sentenced For Sexual Crime Against Minor

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Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A retired Upper Michigan high school teacher has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a minor.

67-year Thomas Hamel of St. Ignace was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

Hamel pleaded guilty in February after an investigation into child pornography distribution in the U.S. by a foreign company.

Hamel was identified as a subscriber who had purchased illegal videos.

An FBI investigation into Hamel’s electronic media found a large collection of child pornographic images and videos including some that appeared to be home-made.

Further investigation found Hamel, who was an athletic trainer for the St. Ignace LaSalle High School football and wrestling teams, had secretly video recorded players while in the locker room from 2007 to 2012.

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