Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Thomas Reynolds Jr Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting 2 Boys

A 50-year-old Westampton man pleaded guilty Monday to sexually assaulting two boys and inappropriately touching a third over the course of several years.

Thomas R. Reynolds Jr. of Lawrence Drive faces state prison when sentenced in September for two counts of sexual assault and a count of endangering the welfare of a child. He entered the plea before Superior Court Judge Patricia R. LeBon.

Reynolds, a former service clerk for a transportation company, admitted that he abused one boy from 2002 to 2006, starting when the child was 11. He also acknowledged assaulting another boy over a two-year period from May 2001 to August 2003, starting when the child was 15.

Reynolds admitted touching another boy for several months in 2006, when the child had just turned 15. He acknowledged he touched all the boys for his own sexual gratification. All the contact occurred in Pemberton Township.

Reynolds’ sentence will be determined after he is evaluated at the state’s Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a state prison that evaluates and treats sex offenders in custody.

Advertisement If professionals find Reynolds’ behavior is “compulsive and repetitive,” if he is amenable to treatment, and if he is willing to participate in treatment, LeBon will sentence him to seven years, to be served at the center, according to the plea agreement.

If his behavior is not compulsive and repetitive or if he is unwilling to be treated, he will receive a 10-year sentence, to be served in another state prison, Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Morgan said.

Regardless of the custodial part of his sentence, Reynolds will have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and be on parole supervision for life after his release, according to the plea deal. Conditions of that parole could restrict where he is allowed to live, work and travel, among other things, LeBon said.

If he is found to be a “sexually violent” predator, he could be civilly committed for life.

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