2011-03-03 / Local & State

Chambersburg Man Waives Hearing

Thomas Tomlinson accused of indecent assault of child
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A former Fulton County man accused of 60 criminal offenses ranging from indecent assault to unlawful contact with a minor waived his right to a preliminary hearing this week.

Thomas John Tomlinson appeared before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott Monday afternoon in a session of Fulton County Central Court. Charged with 30 counts of indecent assault and 10 counts each of indecent exposure, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor, Tomlinson, 41, waived the hearing and will next appear in Fulton County Court of Common Pleas for mandatory arraignment.

A report of suspected child abuse and follow-up interviews with the child and his mother led Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg barracks to arrest Tomlinson, who currently resides at 1652 Richardson Drive, Chambersburg.

In an affidavit of probable cause, lead investigator Trooper Angela Madden reported the suspected abuse occurred between 2001 and 2006 when Tomlinson resided in a trailer court located in Todd Township. Madden and a Fulton County Services for Children caseworker initially learned about the alleged incidents involving

Tomlinson in May of 2010 when the victim, a 14-year-old boy, disclosed to a therapist he was repeatedly molested.

The juvenile maintained the assaults occurred about once every two months and totaled “probably more than 10 times,” the charging documents said. He was reportedly between the ages of 5 and 11 when they happened.

Tomlinson is currently free after having posted $50,000 bail through the Franklin County Prison.

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