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More Problems for Vanderburgh Jail Employees

James Thomas, Vanderburgh County Jailer, facing child molestation charges. James Thomas, Vanderburgh County Jailer, facing child molestation charges.
Joshua Hodge, Former Jailer Vanderburgh County Jail, also facing legal troubles as of late. Joshua Hodge, Former Jailer Vanderburgh County Jail, also facing legal troubles as of late.

New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

UPDATE: A Vanderburgh County jailer makes his first court appearance on child molesting charges. Bond was set at $100,000 cash Wednesday morning, for 42-year-old James Thomas.

Thomas is accused of molesting a four-year-old child from September 2004 to May of this year. He's expected back in court in July.

UPDATE, Monday, 5:30 AM: A Vanderburgh County jailer arrested on child molestation charges is expected in court Monday morning. 

James Thomas, 42-years-old, was arrested Friday night, on four felony counts of child molestation. Thomas has worked as a civilian jailer since 1999, and was on duty Friday when he was arrested.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department says Thomas has been suspended without pay. This is the second time in less than a month a Vanderburgh County jailer has been in trouble. Former jailer, Joshua Hodge, is facing charges in an April fatal drunk driving accident.

Web Producer: Jason Bailey

UPDATE: Friday night, Evansville Police arrested 42-year-old James Thomas on four felony counts of child molestation.

Thomas has worked as a civilian jailer since 1999, and was on duty Friday when he was arrested.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department says Thomas has been suspended without pay and will remain in the Warrick County jail with no bond, until his court appearance

PREVIOUS: Friday evening, Evansville Police arrested 42-year-old James Thomas on several counts of child molestation.

Thomas has worked as a civilian jailer since 1999, and was working Friday when he was arrested. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's department says Thomas is suspended without pay, with intent to discharge.

Chief Deputy Eric Williams told us quote, "If what is alleged is true, firing him will not be sufficient punishment enough."

Thomas is currently being held at the Warrick County Jail.

Recently, jailer Joshua Hodge was arrested inconjunction with a fatal drunk driving accident that happened back in April, 2005.  

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