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Suspected Serial Child Rapist Arrested; More Info, Victims Sought

February 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts: Jennifer Schorn, 215.348.6337, jmschorn@buckscounty.org
                          
Lt. Henry Ward, 215.949.9100, x327, wardpd@fallstwp.org

Investigators and prosecutors issued an appeal today for additional information in the ongoing investigation of William Charles Thomas, a Falls Township man charged with sexually assaulting five young children over the past 20 years.

The investigation into Thomas, 58, by Falls Township and Bucks County detectives “is nowhere close to being over,” District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub said at a news conference at his office in Doylestown.

Thomas is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning on 51 charges including multiple counts of child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault on a child, and other felonies and misdemeanors.

He already was in the Bucks County Correctional Facility after being charged on Friday with possession and dissemination of child pornography. Investigators recently found at least 1,000 images of child pornography in Thomas’s home while executing a search warrant at his home in the Midway Village Trailer Park.

“The human race hasn’t come up with words to describe what we saw in that trailer,” Falls Township Police Lt. Henry Ward said today.

The evidence found in the search took days to process, authorities said, and included large amounts of “trophy evidence,” as Weintraub described it: walls and ceilings bedecked with photos of naked, mostly prepubescent children, hundreds of soiled children’s undergarments and writings detailing sexual assaults on youngsters.

“This was a perverse shrine to his criminal conquests…” Weintraub said, describing Thomas as “a historian” of his crimes against children.

Because some of the potentially incriminating items found in Thomas’s trailer could date back as far as four decades, Weintraub said, it is possible that significant numbers of additional victims could be located.

“I pray that there aren’t any more,” Weintraub said, “but I expect that there will be.”

Anyone with information about other victims or Thomas’ activities is urged to contact Falls Township Detective Sgt. Christopher Clark at 215-302-3315 or clarkpd@fallstwp.com , or to contact Bucks County Detective Lt. Robert Gorman at 215-340-8141 or rmgorman@buckscounty.org .

Thomas, a Levittown native, has lived for about 10 years in the Midway Village Trailer Park, where police allege some of the assaults occurred. He operated a home repair business called Thomas Construction, which gave him access and information that investigators said he used to target and stalk young victims.

Most of the known victims and their families were acquainted with Thomas, who is accused of taking advantage of his proximity to the children to sexually assault them when their parents were not around.

According to a probable cause affidavit, two young sisters were assaulted early one Christmas morning when their father left them in Thomas’s care while he went looking for tape in another trailer. Two other girls were assaulted years earlier when Thomas babysat them at his former home on Pleasant Lane in Levittown, the affidavit said.

Weintraub praised the actions of a “Good Samaritan” who contacted police in November after uncovering evidence in a trailer that Thomas recently had worked on. The new occupant of the trailer, after removing a piece of plywood inside the residence, found the back of the wood covered with writings describing the rapes of two young girls and identifying them and their parents by name.

The plywood was given to police by the trailer park manager, prompting the investigation that led to the recent search warrant and Thomas’s arrest. In addition to the photographs and undergarments found in his trailer were “hundreds of prominently displayed, incredibly vulgar and graphic drawings and writings which chronicled `molesting’ and performing vaginal sexual intercourse, having oral sexual intercourse, and having vaginal and anal sexual intercourse” with multiple child victims, the affidavit said.

Among the names found in the writings are those of children Thomas is charged with assaulting, “as well as names of children who have yet to be identified,” the affidavit states. “Some of these writings documented Thomas `molesting’ children as young as three years old, when Thomas was in his twenties,” which would have been in the 1970s.

“Thomas also wrote that he was aware some of the children were either asleep or so young that they wouldn’t be able to disclose the abuse,” the affidavit said.

Detectives interviewed a man who said he found similar writings on drywall while renovating Thomas’s former home on Pleasant Lane. The man said he had discarded the drywall, but that other writings remained on the interior walls of a rear yard shed.

In that shed, investigators found references to sexual acts with two of the girls Thomas is charged with assaulting, the affidavit says.

The investigation is being led by Falls Township Police Detectives Matthew Tomcho and Sgt. Christopher Clark, and by Lt. Robert Gorman of the Bucks County Detectives.

Thomas’s prosecution has been assigned to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Schorn, the office’s Chief of Trials.

Approved for release by Matthew Weintraub, District Attorney.

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William Thomas

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