19 September 2009
Alcoholism defense gives no sway
BY CHASE PURDY
The News Virginian

A Waynesboro judge quashed alcoholism as a defense for Roy Scott Thompson in court Friday before sentencing him to 15 years in prison for abducting and soliciting sex from a teenage babysitter.

Thompson, 25, of Waynesboro, pleaded guilty in May to abduction and child pornography charges, just before a trial that would have put the 14-year-old girl on the stand.

During sentencing Friday, Thompson watched as his aunt, mother and best friend took the stand in his defense.

“He’s a great father.”
“My son’s a good kid.”
“He ran into some bad luck.”

The three described Thompson’s struggles with alcohol, a problem that began at age 14, they said.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Charles Ajemian discarded alcohol as an excuse for Thompson’s crime.


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