Somerset County District Attorney Jeff Thomas was in the defense chair today as the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office moved to take over the rape case against him.
The judge made that part official, in the brief hearing, this Afternoon.
Thomas’ attorney also confirming Today that Thomas will be taking a temporary leave of absence while the case plays out.
Last Wednesday Thomas was charged with rape, assault, and other charges for an encounter with a Windber woman.
State Police say in their charging affidavit that Thomas went into the woman’s home uninvited.
When he wouldn’t leave, they say he struck the woman, held her down, and raped her.
Thomas and his attorney told reporters they have evidence that there is more to this story than state police allege.
His attorney also saying the good he’s done in office, is reason they say somerset county residents should give him the benefit of the doubt.
Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Schulte said that Thomas will not be treated any better or worse than anyone else they try.
A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for later this month but Thomas’ attorney said that may change.