Somerset, Pennsylvania (AP) — A western Pennsylvania county prosecutor was sent to prison on Friday after a jury found him guilty of six counts of assault on a woman, but was found guilty of sexual assault and sexual assault. He was acquitted of aggravated lewd assault.
The verdict against suspended Somerset County District Attorney Jeffrey L. Thomas was delivered Thursday after less than three hours of deliberation.
Thomas, 37, was convicted of strangulation and trespassing, both felonies, as well as charges of simple assault, unlawful restraint, obscene assault, and wrongful imprisonment. He was also acquitted on the second simple assault count.
Thomas’ attorney, Ryan Tutera, said Friday that the jury delivered inconsistent verdicts and that pretrial evidence determinations could be grounds for appeal. We are delighted to have been acquitted of the most serious charges, and we consider it a victory.”
the police women as investigators Thomas repeatedly contacted her over the years to solicit sexual relations, driving around her house. After sending her a message that he was heading to her house, she told him to stay away, according to her arrest affidavit.
Thomas showed up at her house and she told him to leave the house, followed by a physical attack, police said.
Cumbria County officials said Friday that Thomas is in the county jail.
Thomas has been charged with various crimes. September 2021 attacks About a woman, at her home in Windbar, who is a female acquaintance. The victim testified against him, but Thomas did not run.
Thomas, a Republican elected in 2019, was suspended after being indicted and his then salaries stopped under new state law.his Suspension of legal license October 2021, and office is operated By the acting district attorney.
After the verdict, Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry described Thomas’ crimes as “absolutely abhorrent and perpetrated by a once-trusted public official chosen to protect citizens from the despicable acts inflicted on their victims. That’s why I’m even more worried,” he said.
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