Going rogue: Former prosecutor accused of tampering with another witness 

Somebody should tell former Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Thomson that when you’re in a hole, stop digging.

Federal investigators claim that Thompson - who was indicted in January on federal charges of conspiracy to alter an official court record, witness and evidence tampering, and possession of cocaine – violated the terms of his $50,000 bail on March 8 when he met privately for more than an hour with one of the potential witnesses in his case – in a jury room of the Frederick County Circuit Court, no less.

Thomson is now scheduled to appear in federal court on Monday on the government’s motion to revoke his bond and keep him in jail until his trial.

As a veteran prosecutor, Thomson must have known that talking to a witness is a big no-no – especially since he’s already charged with witness tampering. So why would he take such a big risk to meet with his former legal client, 23-year-old Lemuel Lee Roberts?

Prior testimony by Thomson’s legal assistant sheds some light on a possible motive.

Court documents state that Nanette Susan Boden, a former social worker and licensed substance abuse counselor who pleaded guilty earlier this month to drug and evidence tampering, told federal investigators that Thomson used cocaine nearly every day. She said he also admitted to her that he had deleted over 200 text messages from Roberts’ cell phone to hide his relationship with the alleged drug dealer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Grayson Hoffman also says that Roberts’ sister, Charita Roberts, came forward to tell federal prosecutors that Thomson, now a criminal attorney in private practice, had been pressuring her and her mother to tell him what her brother told the federal grand jury about him. If true, this is also highly illegal.  

The way Thomson is going, all the feds will have to do is hold his jacket while he keeps digging himself into a long jail sentence.

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