David Neal Thomas, of Cadiz, appeared with his public defender Tonya Fleming before 56th Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall in Trigg County Circuit Court for his arraignment.
Thomas, who was arrested last August, was indicted early last month on two counts of prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor to commit a sexual offense, a class D felony. He is accused of trying to solicit sex from a girl in Canada who is now 17 years old.
Thomas told the judge that he now resides in Beattyville, in eastern Kentucky. He was represented by pro bono
lawyer Tom Hall, who is from Beattyville, at a preliminary hearing in district court on Aug. 31 last year.
According to an affidavit by KSP Detective Michelle Kent, the 17-year-old’s mother found out last year that she had been having an inappropriate online relationship with Thomas since October 2009, although the two had never met face-to-face.
Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby said that no Trigg County students or employees are involved, and added that the reported crimes didn’t happen at work and that Thomas didn’t work directly with Trigg County students.