For Immediate Release - January 12, 2007

Former Jail Guard Pleads Guilty To Threatening Sheriff

Former jail guard Scott Thompson, 41, of Lynn, pleaded guilty today in Lynn District Court to criminal harassment, and two counts of threats to commit a crime. His victim was Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins, Jr.

Accepting an agreed upon recommendation from the prosecutor and defense counsel, Judge Dominic J. Paratore sentenced Thompson to two years in the House of Correction. The judge suspended that sentence for three years with probation. He ordered Thompson to complete 300 hours of community service under the direction of the ADL, and to stay away from and have no contact either direct or indirect, with the Sheriff. Thompson was also ordered to stay away from the Sheriff's family, as well as the Essex County House of Correction at Middleton.

Judge Paratore also ordered Thompson to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Maureen Leal told the court that the crimes, all committed online by posting threatening messages on a website belonging to the Essex County Corrections Officers Association, took place between July of 2004 and September of 2005. Thompson was arraigned in July of 2006 following an investigation by State Police assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.

Conducting the investigation were State Police Lt. Norman Zuk, State Police Sgt Thomas Neff, and Richard Falanga of the office's Computer Forensic Crime Unit.

Thompson was represented by Charles Blaisdell of Salem.