Woodruff Man Receives 25-Year Prison Sentence for Child Sex Offenses

A Woodruff man received a 25-year prison sentence Wednesday (Dec. 14) for sex crimes involving two children.
thomas-photoWilliam Tyler Thomas, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and criminal solicitation of a minor.
In December of 2014, Thomas approached a 12-year-old boy and offered to perform oral sex in exchange for money. The victim’s mother reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.
After bonding out of jail on the solicitation charge, Thomas inappropriately touched a 6-year-old girl on multiple occasions in February of 2015 at a Woodruff-area home. Thomas admitted to the crime in a post-arrest interview with an investigator. The victim initially disclosed the crime to her sister. The victim described the crimes in detail during a forensic interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Thomas’ prior criminal record includes 2 counts of a sex offense in Tennessee that was adjudicated in juvenile court.
Thomas will serve 85 percent of Circuit Judge Roger Couch’s prison sentence before he is eligible for release.