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Pennsylvania district attorney suspended under house arrest after new assault charge

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SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A suspended western Pennsylvania prosecutor has been placed under house arrest pending trial in separate sexual assault and assault charges.

A Somerset County judge on Friday revoked bail for Jeffrey Thomas, 36, the county’s elected district attorney, and ordered him to stay at a relative’s Windber home with an electronic ankle monitor.

Thomas was jailed last week for common assault, reckless endangerment and harassment after state police alleged he was seen on a video call punching a woman while the two were getting into a vehicle in May 2021. He was already facing sexual assault, aggravated indecent charges of assault, unlawful restraint and strangulation in an alleged attack on a woman at his Windber home in September.

Senior deputies in the state attorney general’s office have called for Thomas to be jailed pending trial, accusing him of an ongoing ‘pattern of violent behavior’ seen in the two cases and other incidents not resulting in of criminal charges. Defense attorneys Ryan Tutera and Eric Jackson Lurie said those cases did not argue in favor of bail being revoked. Tutera said Thomas maintains he is innocent of all charges.

Judge Timothy Creany, a senior Cambria County judge appointed by the court to hear the case, ordered Thomas to avoid contact with anyone associated with the charges and to follow probation reporting guidelines, warning that the Failure to follow these rules would mean “immediate incarceration.” ”

Thomas was elected in 2019 but was suspended after charges were filed in the sexual assault case, and his salary was cut several months ago.

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