Scenery Hill man charged for raping young girls

December 20, 2013
Curtis Thompson Jr.

The son of a Washington County district judge has been charged with raping two young girls he was babysitting 12 years ago.

Curtis Thompson Jr., 29, of 390 Pigeon Creek Road, Scenery Hill, was arraigned Thursday on charges of rape, indecent assault, terroristic threats, sexual assault and criminal solicitation. He is the son of District Judge Curtis L. Thompson, whose district includes Bentleyville, Beallsville, Cokeburg, Ellsworth, Marianna and North Bethlehem, Somerset, West Bethlehem and West Pike Run townships.

According to the criminal complaint, Thompson sexually assaulted the girls when they were 5 and 7 at their home in Cokeburg and at a second residence in Scenery Hill. Thompson was 17 at the time of the alleged incidents and assaulted the girls while he was babysitting, according to a news release from the state attorney general’s office.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office said the case was referred to them by the Washington County district attorney’s office due to a conflict of interest. District Attorney Gene Vittone declined comment, but several sources confirmed that Thompson is the son of the district judge.

It was noted in the complaint that Thompson threatened to kill the girls if they told anyone.

One girl, who is now 15, told authorities about the alleged incidents over the summer when she was hospitalized for depression and suicidal thoughts, which she attributed to the abuse, the complaint said.

Thompson was arrested Thursday and arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis. He was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for Dec. 31.

Francesca Sacco joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in November 2013, and covers the Washington County Courthouse and education. Prior to working with the Observer-Reporter, Francesca was a staff writer with a Gannett paper in Ohio. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism.

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