On Monday, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, officials accused handyman William Charles Thomas of stalking, grooming, and ultimately sexually assaulting child victims. The accused child predator is now behind bars after 40 years of reported crimes.
The Inquirer Daily News reports that the investigation into Thomas began in November 2014, when the owner of a trailer home discovered what authorities called a ” perverse shrine;” a piece of plywood with sexually explicit writings. The writing depicted the sexual assault of a two girls, including their physical descriptions, their names, and the names of their parents. The writer referred to his genitals as “one-eyed Willie.”
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Thomas once worked as a handyman at the trailer park. Detectives honed in on him, and obtained a search warrant to search his trailer home. Inside, authorities found over 1,000 photos of naked kids, offensive writings, adult pornography, and numerous pairs of children’s underwear hanging above his head. Police said some of the explicit writings dated back to an assault on a 3-year-old in 1970.
On Thursday, Thomas confessed to sexually assault a “few children” that he once babysat, as well as a few family members. He also said he’s been attracted to young girls since he was in his teens, and admitted to masturbating to children’s pornography.
Detectives took a deeper look into Thomas’ past, and discovered a number of sexual assault allegations that went back to the 1970s. During the incident, Thomas allegedly assaulted male family member, who was around 8-11 years at the time.
Police: "victims are broken people" police say they have found "trophy" evidence William Thomas sexual abuse of small kids goes back 40 yrs pic.twitter.com/fYDuGmwtgG
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In 2000, Thomas face a child abuse indictment after writing a vulgar note and handing it to a young child in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. In 2010, the owner of a home Thomas was renting in Levittown, found a “child-size sex doll” and numerous photos of naked children.
Thomas is currently faces charges of child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and aggravated incident assault.
Authorities are still investigating. Anyone with information about Thomas and other possible victims should call the Falls Township Sgt. Christopher Clark at 215-302-3315 and/or Bucks County Detective Lt. Robert Gorman at 215-340-8141.
[Feature Photo: Bucks County PD]