2013-09-12 / Local & State

Police Reopen Case Against Former Hustontown Man

Dennis Thomas jailed in rape of juvenile
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Dennis Thomas Dennis Thomas NEWS EDITOR

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reopened a sex crime investigation late last month after new information was revealed by the juvenile victim.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne, investigating officer Trooper Kenneth Falkosky said he was contacted on August 26 by Fulton County Services for Children about a 15-year-old victim “making additional disclosure to her therapist” regarding inappropriate touching by former Hustontown area resident Dennis Ray Thomas.

The alleged incidents, the newest affidavit said, are to have occurred multiple times weekly for a period of 1 1/2 years spanning September 2011 through December 2012.

The initial case against Thomas was filed February 19, according to Trooper Falkosky. However, the charges were withdrawn by Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall the following month prior to a preliminary hearing.

In light of the new information, criminal charges that include one count each of rape and statutory sexual assault; two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; three counts of aggravated assault; six counts of indecent exposure; and 300 counts of indecent assault were filed against Thomas on August 30.

Thomas, who currently resides at 3140 Saint Thomas-Williamson Road, Chambersburg, was arraigned by Judge Horne several days later. He was remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. A preliminary hearing in the matter was tentatively set for September 9 in Fulton County Central Court.

In a recent interview with a forensic interviewer and the state police, the victim said she was only 13 years old when the first alleged assault occurred at a local residence. She had been sleeping on the couch and believed Thomas had been drinking earlier in the day, the affidavit said.

“She related that she does not think he was sleepwalking because he never went into her brother’s room,” said charging documents that noted the frequency of the alleged inappropriate acts.” ... She would turn her head or close her eyes because she didn’t want to see what he was doing.”

The girl also said there were occasions where he would lie next to her but without touching her. She estimated being touched above and under her clothing inappropriately close to 100 times, the affidavit concluded.

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