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Victim intimidation violates EL man’s bond

January 29, 2013
Morning Journal News

LISBON - An East Liverpool man accused of intimidating a victim was found in violation of his bond conditions by Judge C. Ashley Pike in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

A hearing was held to determine if the bond should be revoked for John N. Thompson Jr., 23, Chester Avenue, who is charged with intimidating the victim in a criminal case.

Court documents allege Thompson on June 11 threatened to harm Desiree Browning in an attempt to influence her not to file or assist in the prosecution of charges. Browning had accused Thompson of domestic violence and he had been charged on June 13.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said Thompson's bond conditions while he awaits the trial date for the intimidation case was to stay away from Browning. However, Jones produced two witnesses. each of whom claimed they knew Thompson has been on Browning's property and may even be staying there instead of the Chester Avenue address he had listed.

East Liverpool patrolman John Headley testified Browning contacted the police department on Jan. 4 asking Thompson be removed from her St. Clair Avenue apartment. While Headley did not actually locate Thompson at the home on that day, he said he has seen him there in the yard when he has driven past. Browning reportedly told Headley that Thompson had moved in when he got out of jail and refused to leave when she asked him to go.

Browning's mother, Kimberly Looker, also testified she had gone to the house the day after the police were there for a domestic dispute so she could check on her daughter, but Thompson met her at the vehicle. She said she asked him about being there when there was a no contact order between them and he had told her the case had been dismissed.

Defense attorney Richard Hura, after questioning both witnesses, pointed out Looker does not know the actual date she was there and obviously does not like Thompson being with her daughter. He criticized her for not going into the house to actually check on her daughter after Thompson left.

Hura also dismissed Headley's testimony as hearsay, noting Browning did not appear in court to back up the allegations herself. Jones had requested her with a subpoena.

Browning and Thompson have a child together and she has other children he has been around possibly serving as a father figure for them through the years. He claimed he was only in the area to see his children, which the court allowed them to arrange through a third party.

Pike found Thompson violated one or more terms of his bond, but refrained from having his bond revoked for now. He warned him again to honor the conditions and have no further contact with Browning.

He remains out of custody and the jury trial was set for March 12.



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