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Pa. woman charged with having sex with minor

June 09, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

A 35-year-old Chambersburg woman charged with leading a group of juveniles on a vandalism spree in late May also has been charged with having sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy, Chambersburg Police said.

Roseann M. Thompson, no fixed address, was charged with two counts each of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors relating to her alleged relationship with the boy.

Thompson also was charged with 35 counts each of criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and six counts each of furnishing alcohol to minors and corruption of minors related to vandalism, which occurred between May 29 and June 1.

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Police alleged that Thompson had sexual intercourse with the boy on at least two occasions in May. The boy told police the first time was in a cemetery on Lincoln Way East.

Thompson was arrested on June 1 at about 2 a.m. when the pickup truck she was driving ran a stop sign at the intersection of Edgar and College avenues, according to one of the affidavits. Police said several CO2 cartridges were seen in the truck, which also was carrying her son and daughter and two other juveniles.

Two of the juveniles were hiding under sleeping bags in the bed of the truck, DeFrank said. The affidavit stated four air pistols were found in the truck, along with several packages of BBs. Police alleged that two of the juveniles had been drinking.

From May 29 to June 1, police received 35 complaints from residents in the northeast and east sections of the borough who said their vehicles had been hit with BBs.

Police said they also were investigating 13 reports of vehicles damaged by eggs on the 400 and 500 blocks of East Catherine and Liberty streets during the first week of April and the third week of May.

"Thompson said they also shot windows out of cars in the Fayetteville (Pa.) and Mont Alto (Pa.) areas on one of the nights," the affidavit alleges.

"Just in town, we're looking at $12,500" in damage, DeFrank said Tuesday.

Police also have charged Thompson's ex-boyfriend, Brian L. McWilliams, 34, no fixed address, in connection with the vandalism.

McWilliams, formerly of Narvon, Pa., was charged with 17 counts each of criminal mischief, criminal conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and six counts each of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors.

Thompson, formerly of 235 S. Sixth St., was being held Tuesday in Franklin County Prison on $90,000 bond. McWilliams was being held at the prison on $20,000 bond, according to a prison official.

Thompson's son and daughter were released to the custody of their father, who lives in Ephrata, Pa., Chambersburg Police Department Sgt. Dianne Kelso said. She said Thompson's children and the other juveniles have not been charged with any criminal offenses.

"A lot of this was luck in finding the truck with these people in it," DeFrank said.

He credited the police officers' interviews and follow-up investigation with uncovering many of the other acts alleged by police.

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