Accused Georgetown serial sexual assailant will have new trial
The 26-year prison sentence of Todd Thomas, a 26 year-old man from Arlington, has been overturned by the D.C. Court of Appeals. Thomas’s crimes, which include sexual assaults on 5 male Georgetown students, earned him the nickname “Georgetown Cuddler.”
Thomas was originally convicted of 11 charges, including burglary, sexual assault, and simple assault. He is accused of breaking into the homes of Georgetown students on the 1200 and 1300 blocks of 33rd and 35th streets and groping sleeping, male students. In at least one case, he allegedly sexually assaulted a student.
Today, however, the D.C. Court of Appeals overturned Thomas’ 2010 conviction. A three-judge panel ruled that Thomas will receive a new trial.
The panel decided that the judge who oversaw Thomas’ original conviction erroneously permitted the introduction of Thomas’ prior conviction as evidence against him. Thomas had pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery in 2008.
“The trial judge abused discretion in permitting that evidence to be presented,” wrote Senior Appeals Court Judge Warren R. King, according to the Post.