Convicted Devereux School rapist Darren Boyer Thomas was sentenced to eight years in prison last week in a Santa Barbara court. Earlier this spring, it took a jury fewer than two hours to find the 39-year-old Thomas guilty of raping a severely autistic former client of his at the Devereux School in Goleta. Thomas maintained his innocence until the end, despite the fact that DNA evidence directly linked him to the woman’s aborted child. The sentence was the maximum term allowed. The legal trouble is not finished for Thomas, as he faces a hearing later this summer on possible perjury charges stemming from his testimony during the original trial.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., August 3, 2006
Updated 12:37 p.m., August 24, 2006
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