Details of Abuse, Written on Plywood, Lead to Pennsylvania Man’s Arrest
What became an expansive investigation into decades of child rape began last year when a man moving into a Pennsylvania mobile home found lurid descriptions of sexual abuse scrawled on a piece of forgotten plywood.
The authorities in Bucks County said on Monday that investigators tied the plywood to a handyman who had helped renovate the home, and later discovered evidence suggesting many more young victims stretching back about 40 years. The handyman, William C. Thomas, 58, was charged with 13 counts of various sex crimes; prosecutors said more counts were possible.
“We are merely scratching the surface of those conquests today,” the district attorney, Matthew D. Weintraub, said at a news conference. “To be blunt about it, this is a real-life boogeyman. This is your parents’ worst nightmare.”
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