2017-11-09 / Front Page

King Makes Plea Deal Prior To Trial


King King A widely-known area business man avoided a jury trial in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas by pleading guilty to seven charges of aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age and one count of indecent exposure just prior to the start of his trial last Wednesday.

Thomas Stuart King, 53, scheduled for jury trial November 1, pled guilty after 2 ½ hours of negotiation prior to the start of his trial that was scheduled for 9 a.m. The 12 jury members and two alternates were not seated and remained sequestered in the jury room until they were excused by Judge Carol Van Horn.

King had been charged with six counts of rape forcible compulsion, six counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse person less than 16 years of age, 10 counts of statutory sexual assault, 22 counts of aggravated indecent assault – comp. less than 16, three counts indecent assault person less than 13 years of age, 24 counts of indecent exposure, one count of corruption of minors, five counts of indecent assault without consent of other, and 26 counts of indecent assault person less than 16 years of age.

When court was convened King pled guilty to each of the eight charges read by Judge Van Horn. He was represented in court by the public defender, Philip Harper. District Attorney Travis Kendall represented the Commonwealth.

Sentence was imposed immediately following King’s guilty pleas being accepted by the court. On all eight counts King was sentenced to be imprisoned in a state correctional institution for a period of 18 years and nine months and not more than 37 years and six months. Sentence is to run concurrently with the sentence imposed in a separate, but similar, case tried in December 2016.

King was also fined $2,000 costs of prosecution and $1,800 court costs. The court also ordered that King have no contact with the victim. He was made ineligible for early release under the recidivism risk reduction incentive. Special conditions for his incarceration included any program prison officials deem necessary; DNA testing and $250 fee; and sex offender assessment, treatment and supervision.

In the separate case, which involved another victim, a jury had found King guilty December 21, 2016, on two counts of rape forcible compulsion, two counts of statutory sexual assault, a count of attempted involuntary sexual intercourse and a single count of deviate sex with a person under 16. He was sentenced in that case to 22 to 45 years in a state correctional institution.

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