PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Timothy Thomas, 40, will spend the next 22 years in prison for sexually abusing a vulnerable adult who was in his care.
In 2009, Thomas worked at Camelia's Personal Care Home in Pascagoula. Authorities say he admitted to sexually abusing one of the home's residents on three separate occasions.
"It's inconceivable that someone could violate an elderly, vulnerable person in this way," said District Tony Lawrence. " Our elderly citizens should be cared for and protected. Anyone who owns or works in a personal care facility has a duty to treat their patients with the care, dignity and respect they deserve. I believe the day for day sentence shows we will not tolerate people who commit offenses of this nature against vulnerable adults."
Thomas plead guilty to the charges against him, and Friday, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Kathy Jackson ordered him to serve 22 years day for day, without the possibility of parole or early release. Thomas will then serve eight years on post release supervision and must register as a sex offender.
"Sexually assaulting a mentally incapacitated person is unforgiving. The lengthy sentence Thomas received is deserving of the crime," said Assistant District Attorney Tanya Hasbrouck who prosecuted the Thomas case.
The crimes came to light when the Pascagoula Police Department learned that the victim, who was mentally disabled, had been treated for sexual assault.
Thomas was employed by his sister, Wanda Carew, the owner. Carew, and her son, Donald Carew, who also worked at the facility, were indicted for accessory after fact for providing false records to police.
Both Wanda Carew and Donald Carew pled guilty to and were sentenced back in June. Each will be convicted felons and will serve one year of house arrest followed by five and three years of post release supervision, respectively.
Wanda Carew is also forever prohibited from working in or owning a personal care facility.