Convicted child molester William Thomas is led out of the Timmins Superior Court building March 7 after being sentenced to 3½ years in prison for eight counts of gross indecency. The 71-year-old former school janitor is now facing six additional sex-related charges after four new complainants alleging child molestation have come forward.
TIMMINS – The lawyer representing a former school janitor who convicted earlier this year of sexually assaulting eight children says he and the Crown may be close to working out a plea deal on the new charges that were laid after additional complainants came forward.
William Thomas, who worked as a janitor at École St-Charles, is currently serving a 3½-year penitentiary term after being sentenced in March in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Timmins to eight counts of gross indecency. Those offenses were committed in the mid 1970s to early 1980s.
Not long after the 71-year-old Timmins man was sentenced in March, four new complainants came forward alleging they too had been sexually assaulted.
Subsequently, six new charges were laid against Thomas including gross indecency, sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.
On Tuesday, defence lawyer Paul Bragagnolo advised the provincial court in Timmins that he has been meeting with one of the prosecutors to discuss the matter involving Thomas, and these new charges may be close to being “resolved.”
Bragagnolo requested time to get in touch in Thomas and receive instructions from his client.
Judge Martin Lambert adjourned the matter to July 19 to accommodate that request.