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Western Pennsylvania prosecutor takes leave to address rape charges

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Somerset County District Attorney Jeffrey Thomas

Somerset County District Attorney Jeffrey Thomas

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Officials in a rural western Pennsylvania county say the prosecutor’s access to his office and the courthouse are restricted after he was charged last month with violently raping a woman he knew through work.

Somerset County District Attorney Jeffrey Lynn Thomas is charged with rape in an alleged attack on the woman in her Windber home. County Solicitor Michael Barbera says Thomas can no longer enter the building through side doors or after hours and no longer has access to a law enforcement database. The 36-year-old Republican said last week he plans a leave of absence to focus on his case. His lawyer says Thomas denies the allegations.

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