Saturday, 20 April 2013

Former Tuscaloosa policeman pleads guilty to sexual assault

Former Tuscaloosa policeman pleads guilty to sexual assault, According to an FBI press release, a former Tuscaloosa Police sergeant pleaded guilty on April 18, 2013, to a criminal civil rights charge of using his authority as a law enforcement officer to sexually assault a woman in March 2011.

Jason Glenn Thomas, 34, admitted to stopping a female pedestrian without placing her under arrest, according to court documents cited by a U.S. Department of Justice news release. Thomas was accused of taking the woman in his patrol vehicle to a remote area and sexually assaulting her. Thomas was charged in a five-count federal indictment in May 2012.

Thomas faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for July 18, 2013, before U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith.

A civil suit filed by the victim on March 1, names Thomas, the city, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson as defendant.

The victim is seeking compensatory and punitive damages against Thomas and compensatory damages and injunctive relief against Thomas, Anderson and Maddox. The complaint states that inadequate supervision and training "resulted in a work environment that permitted the sexual assault" of the victim, according to court documents.

This case was investigated by the Tuscaloosa Resident Agency of the FBI’s Birmingham Field Office and was prosecuted by Trial Attorney D.W. Tunnage of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney George Martin for the Northern District of Alabama.

Sources: FBI press release,, Gadsden Times

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