UPDATE: Former State Legislator Sentenced for Sexual Misconduct

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Rep. Thomas has been sentenced today. He was convicted of having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19 in early November.

Today Thomas was sentenced to spend 12 months in the Wilcox County Jail.

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) -- A former state legislator is to be sentenced Thursday on a charge of having sexual contact with a female student at the high school where he was principal.

Former state Rep. James Thomas is to be sentenced at a hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Wilcox County Courthouse in Camden. A jury last month found the 69-year-old Thomas guilty of the misdemeanor charge while finding him not guilty of a felony sexual abuse charge.

Wilcox County District Attorney Michael Jackson said he will recommend that Circuit Judge Jack Meigs give Thomas the maximum sentence, one-year in jail.

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