It took a jury little more than two hours to find former Devereux School employee Darren Boyer Thomas guilty of raping and impregnating a developmentally disabled former resident of the school. The victim – who was a resident at Devereux for more than 10 years – was 27 years old when the rape occurred in late 2003, but the crime was not discovered until her pregnancy was noticed several months later. Both prosecution and defense attorneys believe the quick verdict was the result of DNA evidence presented during the trial that directly linked Thomas to the unborn fetus. Thomas – who also faces charges of perjury for his testimony in a pretrial hearing – looks at as many as eight years in prison at his sentencing hearing on July 11.
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Originally published 12:00 p.m., June 15, 2006
Updated 12:22 p.m., July 7, 2006
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