Rochester man sentenced to 27 years in prison for making child pornography

A Rochester man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for producing child pornography.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 30-year-old Adam Lee Reitz was sentenced to over 27 years (324 months) in prison and 25 years of supervised release for one count of production of child pornography. Reitz had pleaded guilty in October. His co-defendant, 28-year-old Shahla Marie Thompson, pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography on July 13.

“The sexual abuse of children is among the most abhorrent criminal acts,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “When it comes to protecting society’s most vulnerable, we will not relent. As demonstrated in today’s sentence, justice will be served.”

According to Reitz’s guilty plea, on May 11, 2018, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted the Rochester Police Department regarding an online communication between Reitz and Thompson that appeared to depict child pornography.

Law enforcement searched the Reitz’s and Thompson’s electronics and found multiple images depicting a minor victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct with an adult man. Based on distinctive tattoos, that man was identified as Reitz.

If you know of any child who may have been a victim of exploitation, please call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or visit