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Pennsylvania District Attorney Arrested For Rape, Strangulation, State Police Say

Somerset District Attorney Jeffrey Lynn Thomas II.
Somerset District Attorney Jeffrey Lynn Thomas II. Photo Credit: Facebook- Jeffrey L. Thomas, Somerset District Attorney

A Pennsylvania District Attorney was arrested for rape and related changes on Wednesday, according to Pennsylvania state police.

Somerset District Attorney, Jeffrey Lynn Thomas II, 36, of Windber, is accused of entering a known woman’s home in Windber without permission, refusing to leave, then sexually and physically assaulting her on Saturday.

Thomas was arraigned on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.

He was charged with the following, according to court documents:

  • F1 Rape Forcible Compulsion
  • M1 Indecent Assault-Without Consent Of Other
  • M2 Strangulation - Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck
  • M2 Simple Assault (2 Counts)
  • Criminal Trespassing- Entering A Structure

Prior to this incident, Thomas had a record of traffic offenses in Cambria and Somerset counties.

He was held in Somerset County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled with Magisterial District Judge William E. Seger on Sept. 29 at 11 a.m.

“The charges this defendant is facing for a violent attack are deeply disturbing. Mr. Thomas is entrusted by the public to uphold the law and serve as a voice for victims. I commend the bravery of the victim that has come forward — that is never an easy thing to do, especially when your abuser is a powerful elected official. Today is a reminder that no one is above the law,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to call PSP Troop A, Ebensburg at 814-471-6500.

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