Thomas trial expected to begin in late November; Former school board member has pleaded not guilty to sex offense involving a minor.
Gazette, 4 Nov 2007 (Carter).
The trial of former Prince George’s County school board member Nathaniel B. Thomas has been rescheduled to begin Nov. 26, more than a month after its original date.
Thomas, 26, is facing a third-degree sex offense against a former county student. He resigned in June soon after being charged. The trial was initially scheduled for Oct. 12, but was changed to Nov. 26 after Thomas’ Greenbelt-based attorney, Bruce Marcus, filed a continuance, which was granted by the court.
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County school board chairman Owen Johnson said he would follow Thomas’ trial, but would only be interested as a one-time colleague.
‘‘That’s out of our purview. There’s no need for me to follow it closely,” he said. ‘‘We’ve moved on. I have interest in him because I know him as a person, but we have a new board member in place ... and we have a lot of other business to focus on.”
More than 40 county residents applied to fill Thomas’ at-large seat. County Executive Jack B. Johnson selected Hyattsville education activist Amber Waller to fill the vacancy in September. Waller’s first school board meeting was Oct. 18.[Full story]