2013-10-17 / Local & State

Thomas Pleads Not Guilty In Rape Case

To appear in court January 14
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Dennis Thomas Dennis Thomas NEWS EDITOR

A former Hustontown area man has entered a notguilty plea to several hundred criminal allegations involving the rape of and indecent contact with an area teenager.

The case against Dennis Ray Thomas, currently of 3140 Saint Thomas- Williamson Road, Chambersburg, was reopened in late August by Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg after additional information was released by the 15-year-old victim.

Facing 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, Thomas appeared Tuesday in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas for mandatory arraignment.

Thomas pleaded not guilty to all charges and is set to reappear in court on January 14 for call of the criminal trial list. As was noted by the presiding judge, Angela R. Krom, call of the list is the deadline for any decision made in connection with a plea agreement made by the Fulton County district attorney.

Charging documents filed in the case by state police criminal investigator Trooper Kenneth Falkosky indicate police were contacted August 26 by an official from Fulton County Services for Children regarding the victim “making additional disclosure to her therapist.”

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.

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 local residence. She had been sleeping on a couch and believed Thomas had been drinking earlier in the day, the affidavit said.

“She related that she does not think he was sleep walking 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 or spoon her but without touching her. She estimated being touched above and under her clothing inappropriately close to 100 times, the affidavit concluded.

Thomas remains incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of bail. Former defense attorney in the case was Matthew Stewart, whose motion to with- draw as counsel was granted October 8. Thomas is currently represented by attorney Dwight Harvey.

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