UPDATE: Former State Legislator Sentenced for Sexual Misconduct

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The victim is now a 19-year-old college student.  She testified she was a Wilcox-Central student in 2010 when Thomas kissed her and forced her to touch his "private parts" in his office.


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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