Orlando man found in hotel room with 13-year-old girl sentenced

An Orlando man has just been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually battering a 13-year-old girl he met online and then took to an Edgewater motel. Twenty-four-year-old Tyler Thompson previously pleaded no contest to multiple sex charges .The 13-year-old bravely testified at the sentencing hearing. She was ultimately rescued by a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy who wouldn’t give up after learning the 13-year-old was missing. “I honestly just, I tried to comfort her, I got her,” said Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputy Royce James. A year and a half after James rescued the terrified 13-year-old from a motel in Edgewater, he still finds it difficult to talk about. In the hours after she was safe with him, he was reminded of how young and innocent she really was. “I got her a soda. I let her play in my patrol car. She played with the lights,” he said through tears. Thompson met the Oak Hill girl on social media, then picked her up from school one day in February 2021 and took her to the motel. Family alerted law enforcement and James was on it — talking to the victim’s friends and following other leads that led him to motels. He went from one to another until the deputy found Thompson and the victim. The victim ran into his arms. In court, James told the judge this was a case that will never leave him. He has stayed in touch with the victim and her family. The night she was rescued he says, “she literally refused to leave my side the entire night.”

An Orlando man has just been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually battering a 13-year-old girl he met online and then took to an Edgewater motel.

Twenty-four-year-old Tyler Thompson previously pleaded no contest to multiple sex charges.

The 13-year-old bravely testified at the sentencing hearing.

She was ultimately rescued by a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy who wouldn’t give up after learning the 13-year-old was missing.

“I honestly just, I tried to comfort her, I got her,” said Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputy Royce James.

A year and a half after James rescued the terrified 13-year-old from a motel in Edgewater, he still finds it difficult to talk about. In the hours after she was safe with him, he was reminded of how young and innocent she really was.

“I got her a soda. I let her play in my patrol car. She played with the lights,” he said through tears.

Thompson met the Oak Hill girl on social media, then picked her up from school one day in February 2021 and took her to the motel. Family alerted law enforcement and James was on it — talking to the victim’s friends and following other leads that led him to motels. He went from one to another until the deputy found Thompson and the victim.

The victim ran into his arms.

In court, James told the judge this was a case that will never leave him. He has stayed in touch with the victim and her family. The night she was rescued he says, “she literally refused to leave my side the entire night.”

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