Times-Tribune Staff Report
A former University of the Cumberlands student accused of attempted rape was found guilty of the lesser charge of third-degree criminal mischief by a Whitley County Circuit Court Jury on Thursday.
Carlton J. Thompson was a student at the school last September when Williamsburg police say he violated an emergency protective order when he earlier allegedly attacked his girlfriend and tied her up during an argument in a school parking lot.
The woman told police Thompson forced her into his vehicle and ordered her to take off her clothes. He then ripped off her clothing, she said, and tied her up with a TV cable. Thompson reportedly threatened to kill her.
She told police she was held for several hours before Thompson released her.
On Sept. 5, the woman was granted an emergency protective order, but the next day she reported to the court that Thompson was calling and text messaging her. Police arrested Thompson for violating the EPO on Sept. 7.
The grand jury formally indicted Thompson on one count each of criminal attempt to commit first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal mischief in October.
The criminal mischief charges stem from alleged damage Thompson did to a laptop computer and vehicle owned by the woman, according to the indictment.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble closed his arguments by telling the members of the jury that “this defendant is guilty of everything he is charged with.”
Judge Dan Ballou urged the jury to take all the time it needed to deliberate when he dismissed them to do so around 11:30 a.m. The jury’s verdict was returned before 3:30 p.m.
The first-degree criminal mischief charge was amended to second-degree criminal mischief, yet the jury found him guilty of the lesser third-degree criminal mischief charge, which carries a $250 fine.
Times-Tribune Staff Report
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