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Somerset County DA Update

Somerset County’s president judge has ruled that District Attorney Jeff Thomas can no longer conduct his duties as the chief prosecutor of the county in the courthouse, while an out-of-county senior judge agreed to dismiss a protection from abuse order filed by the victim of the sexual assault case against him.

The motions come two days after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Counsel suspended Thomas’ law license indefinitely while the legal proceedings against him play out.

The motion by Judge D. Gregory Geary issued Friday prevents Thomas from “(E)xecuting any complaint, motion or other legal document to be filed with the court on behalf of the Commonwealth; appear on behalf of the Commonwealth in a court proceeding; enter the well of any courtroom, except in his capacity as a victim or defendant; sit at or near counsel table in any courtroom, except in his capacity as a victim or defendant; and communicate, by electronic or other means, with any assistant district attorney who is representing the Commonwealth during a court proceeding.”

The order is in effect until the Supreme Court takes further action on the case.

Thomas has taken a leave of absence since he was charged with sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and other charges from an incident Pennsylvania State Police allege happened inside a Windber woman’s home in September. A rape charge in the case was later dropped in exchange for other felony charges being added earlier this month.

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