2011-03-31 / Front Page

Tomlinson Waives Arraignment

Pleads in indecent assault of minor
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

A former Fulton County resident waived his right to arraignment this week after being arrested on reports of suspected child abuse and indecent assault.

Forty-one-year-old Thomas John Tomlinson, formerly of Todd Township, appeared before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Meyers on Tuesday for mandatory arraignment on 30 counts of indecent assault and 10 counts each of indecent exposure, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor.

Tomlinson, who was represented in court proceedings by defense attorney Eric Weisbrod, entered a plea of not guilty to all charges filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Angela Madden. Currently a resident of Chambersburg, Tomlinson is next scheduled to appear in county court in July for call of the list.

In her initial filing, Trooper Madden said the suspected abuse happened between 2001 and 2006 when Tomlinson resided in an area trailer court. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Madden reported a 14-year-old male victim maintained he was assaulted approximately once every two months. The alleged assaults totaled “probably more than 10 times.” The juvenile was between the ages of 5 and 11 when the assaults happened.

“He (the boy) told me that the ‘first few times’ it happened, he ‘didn’t know what to do,’” said Madden in charging documents. “He (the boy) continued saying, ‘When I got older, I wished it didn’t happen, and I dreaded the day it happened again.’”

In a written statement, the victim went on to say, “He (Tomlinson) only told me what to do and to not tell. He did not treat me any better than before. When we moved – when I was in fifth grade – the abuse stopped.”

“I don’t really know why he stopped abusing me, but I was glad it came to an end. Occasionally I think of all that has happened, and it bothers me. I have tried to forget but I fail,” he said.

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