published Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Ex-police sergeant in Alabama sentenced in sexual assault

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An ex-police sergeant accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Jason Glen Thomas was sentenced earlier this week in a federal court in Birmingham after pleading guilty to violating a 42-year-old woman's civil rights in April.

Thomas, an 11-year department veteran, was accused of stopping the victim without placing her under arrest in late May of 2011. Authorities have said Thomas sexually assaulted her on the side of the road outside his patrol car.

The Tuscaloosa News reports 35-year-old Thomas is also ordered to pay a $100 fine and serve time on supervised release after his sentence.

The victim's civil suit is still pending against Thomas.

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