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January 20, 2016

Michigan man sentenced to 135 years in state prison for multiple counts of child sexual assault

EDWARD THOMAS (BOOKING PHOTO)

Edward Thomas (Booking Photo)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– A Michigan man was sentenced yesterday to 135 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting his biological daughter.

After deliberating for less than one hour, a jury found 53-year-old Edward Thomas guilty last month of nine counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

The charges stem from multiple incidents dating back to 1995 when the victim, Jane Doe, was approximately 5 years old. The abuse went on until she was approximately 15 years old, but Jane Doe never told anyone, including her mother, Lucy.

“Due to fears that there could potentially be more victims, Jane Doe was finally able to disclose the terrible abuse she endured for over ten years,” said Deputy District Attorney Morrissa Cardoza, who prosecuted the case.

When Jane Doe finally disclosed to her mom in 2013, Lucy wrote the defendant a letter confronting him about what Jane Doe told her, to which he responded by apologizing for everything and begging for forgiveness.

According to DDA Cardoza, the defendant was living in Michigan when the case came to light, so detectives from the Fontana Police Department flew out to interview him, and again, the defendant confessed.

“However, he was unwilling to plead guilty because he was charged with aggravated sexual assaults, and he always maintained that none of the molestation was forcible,” DDA Cardoza said.

The victim, Jane Doe, is now 25 years old and proudly serving as an active member of the United States Army.


Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at clee@sbcda.org or via text at (909) 782-5559

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