Former Trigg school employee among grand jury indictments
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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A Cadiz man that has been accused of sexually inappropriate online communications with a minor late last summer was formally indicted by a Trigg County Grand Jury on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

David Neal Thomas, who was the district technology coordinator for the Trigg County School District, was arrested in late August last year and has been charged with with two counts of use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor to commit a sexual offense, which is a class D felony.

Lieutenant Jonathan Grant of the KSP said, and Hamby confirmed, that the 17-year-old juvenile isn’t a student in the Trigg County School System. Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby said that no Trigg County students or employees are involved.

Hamby also said that while Thomas is still an employee of the school district, he is currently suspended without pay, “pending further action.”

According to an affidavit by KSP Detective Michelle Kent, the 17-year-old’s mother found out last month that she had been having an inappropriate online relationship with Thomas since October 2009, although the two had never met face-to-face.

When the mother found some of the e-mails, she traced them back to Thomas, who resides on Lafayette Street in Cadiz, after which she contacted the authorities and stopped contact between the two, the affidavit stated.

Even after Thomas was told by the mother to stop contacting the juvenile, he continued to send her several on-line messages from mid-July to just a few days before his arrest, according to the affidavit.

Hamby also said the reported crimes didn’t happen at work and that Thomas didn’t work directly with students, adding that while the investigation has already started, it can’t be finished until he has access to Thomas.

According to a school press release sent out by Hamby in August, KSP said the activity of the suspected criminal does not involve other school employees or students. The individual will remain off campus while school administrative personnel also conduct an investigation, according to the release.

A total of 22 people were on the grand jury list on Feb. 9. Indictments were returned for 18 other individuals, with no true bills returned for five people. A no true bill is delivered when a grand jury rejects a proposed indictment or decides not to indict someone.

* Christopher Herndon was indicted on charges of second degree robbery and third degree terroristic threatening. Although he is an adult, the reported crime was committed while he was a minor, said K.G. Ariagno, who works at the Trigg County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

* Lamont Dantrel Crump was indicted on charges of first degree fleeing or evading police and driving under the influence, second offense.

* Aaron R. Logston was charged with speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, first offense, and prescription in improper container, first offense.

* William T. Brown was originally arrested on a charge of first degree unlawful imprisonment, but the grand jury returned an misdemeanor indictment of second degree unlawful imprisonment.

* Sheila Wilkerson was charged with theft by deception under $10,000.

* Jason B. Ezell was originally charged with one count of receiving stolen property under $10,000 and five counts of receiving stolen property under $500, but an indictment was only returned for receiving stolen property under $10,000 – no true bills were returned on the other charges.

* Jason S. Fite was originally charged with operating on a suspended or revoked license, first offense, third degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, illegal possession of a legend drug, trafficking in 8 ounces to less than five pounds of marijuana, first offense, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Fite was indicted on all counts but the trafficking charge was amended to possession o f marijuana.

* Aaron Wilson was originally charged with second degree burglary, two counts of first degree fleeing or evading police, theft by unlawful taking and resisting arrest. A misdemeanor indictment was returned for second degree fleeing or evading police, theft by unlawful taking and resisting arrest.

* Lannie Alexander was indicted on three counts of second degree forgery, one count of first degree burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

* Gary E. Gardner Jr. was indicted on second degree assault, complicity and four counts of terroristic threatening.

* Timothy W. Dockery was indicted for theft by unlawful taking of a firearm – firearm and third degree attempted burglary.

* Joshua Mosley was originally charged with theft by unlawful taking – $500 or more, but the grand jury returned an indictment of second degree unlawful access to a computer.

* Matthew David Hargrove and Tailer Reid Smith were indicted for theft by unlawful taking – $500 or more by complicity. Smith was also indicted for first degree sexual abuse.

* Melanie R. Want was indicted for resisting arrest, theft by unlawful taking – $500 or more and two counts of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

* Joseph Jolly Jones and Brenda C. Jones were originally charged with theft by unlawful taking – $500 or more. Joseph Jones was indicted on that charge, but the grand jury returned a no true bill for Brenda Jones.

* Kenneth W. Plutakis was indicted for four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

* No true bills were returned for Nigel E. Saunders on charges of possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence and fourth degree assault.

* A no true bill was returned for Shalonda Jones on a charge of tampering with a witness.

* A no true bill was returned for Norman T. Mitchell on a charge of first degree rape.
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