Appeal Rejected For Former Legislator and West Alabama Principal


By Alabama News Network

An Alabama appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former legislator and ex-high school principal accused of having sexual contact with a student.

In a recent ruling, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals said there was sufficient evidence that James Thomas kissed and touched a then 17-year-old female honor student during a closed door meeting in his office at Wilcox Central High School in Camden in November 2010.
Thomas was sentenced to one-year in prison.
The appeals court rejected Thomas' argument that he did not engage in sexual contact with the student.
The appeals court said the jury could have found from the evidence that Thomas was seeking to perform a sexual act with the student.

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