Former Va. Prosecutor Faces Tampering Charges

January 11, 2011

A former Winchester prosecutor is in jail without bond following his arrest on federal tampering charges.

The Daily News-Record reports that federal drug agents arrested former Winchester Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Hampton Thomson on Monday. The 56-year-old Thomson is charged with conspiring to tamper with evidence and a witness.

A criminal complaint says Thomson visited an informant several times while the man was in custody on drug charges. The informant had told authorities that he sold cocaine to Thomson.

Thomson told a federal magistrate judge Monday that he recently had "a post-traumatic stress breakdown."

Thomson served four four-year terms as a commonwealth's attorney before losing a re-election bid in 2001.

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