A Scott County man has been sentenced for indecent acts against children. The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney reports that 46-year-old Thomas D. Shortt has been sentenced in two different districts after pleading guilty to reproducing child pornography and "taking indecent liberties" with male children, including an eight-year-old in 2012. In Wise County, Shortt pleaded guilty to eight counts of indecent liberties with a minor child and received a 40-year sentence in the penitentiary with 15 years suspended. In Scott County, he pleaded to six counts of reproducing child pornography and four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, receiving another active term of 25 years in prison. Shortt will be on probation for 50 years following his release and must register as a sex offender. He remains in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield, awaiting transfer to the Virginia Department of Corrections.
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