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Plea deal in the works for woman facing sex charges

June 16, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A woman charged with having sex with a 15-year-old boy and leading him and several other juveniles on a vandalism spree two weeks ago has reached a tentative plea agreement with prosecutors, Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Nancy Meyers said.

Roseann Thompson, 35, no fixed address, will appear in court for a mandatory arraignment on July 14, according to Meyers. The agreement also includes another adult defendant, Brian L. McWilliams, 34, no fixed address, whose mandatory arraignment is set for Wednesday July 28, Meyers said.

"The tentative agreement would resolve all outstanding issues with the two defendants that we know of at this time," Meyers said. The charges against Thompson and McWilliams were filed by Chambersburg police.

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Neither Meyers nor Public Defender Michael Toms would elaborate on details of the proposed plea agreement for Thompson. Meyers would not say what charges might be involved in the plea agreements involving Thompson and McWilliams, but said any agreement would take into account restitution for victims.

Police Chief Michael T. DeFrank said last week that damage to vehicles from BB guns and eggs totaled about $12,500.

"Clients have a way of changing their minds as to whether they will enter a plea or not," Toms said in declining to comment on the tentative agreement.

Thompson is charged with two counts each of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor in connection with her alleged contact with the boy. It is alleged she had sex with the youth on two occasions in May, including once in a cemetery on Lincoln Way East.

She also is charged with 35 counts of criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and six counts each of furnishing alcohol to minors and corruption of minors in connection with damage to vehicles in the borough between May 29 and June 1.

McWilliams, formerly of Narvon, Pa., is charged with 17 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, borough police said.

Thompson was arrested with four juveniles, two of them her children, in a pickup truck early on the morning of June 1, according to police. Several pellet guns, CO2 cartridges and packs of BBs were found in the vehicle, police said.

Thompson and McWilliams remained in Franklin County Prison Tuesday, Meyers said.

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