Elderly Columbia County man charged as sexual predator of child

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CHATHAM – A 73-year-old Chatham man has been charged with several crimes including seven counts of predatory assault against a child.

Lawrence Thomas was also charged with three counts of first-degree rape, four counts of criminal sex act, 10 counts of sexual abuse, two counts of attempted rape, three counts of criminal solicitation, and two counts of attempted criminal sexual act.

Thomas was arrested in August 2020 for sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Continued investigation revealed additional evidence of crimes committed.

He was arraigned in Columbia County Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000.

The investigation was conducted by State Police, the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center and the Columbia County district Attorney’s Office.