Richard Thompson
Photo: AJC file
Photo: AJC file

Ex-U.S. attorney arrested in South Georgia on more aggravated stalking charges

Almost exactly a year after being charged with stalking a woman, a former federal prosecutor has been arrested again for allegedly stalking the same woman, authorities said.

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Richard Thompson, who was appointed to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia in 2001, is in the Glynn County Detention Center on charges of aggravated stalking, according to a Toombs County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

On July 25, 2017, Thompson was arrested in Glynn County for allegedly stalking Mary Ella Kent, whom he had been in a relationship with for about a year. He was released on a $10,000 bond after a few days in jail.

Last week, Kent reportedly filed a complaint that Thompson called her phone, rode through her neighborhood and followed her in his car while she was walking her dogs. She said that was a violation of a pretrial bond order.

On Friday, Deputy Wallace Thompson said he spotted Richard Thompson driving a silver Volvo and recognized him from an active warrant that resulted from Kent’s complaint, the report said.

The deputy followed Thompson for a few minutes, the report said. When the Volvo stopped, the deputy said he saw Thompson put a pistol to his head, so he took cover and ordered the man to drop the gun and exit the vehicle, the report said. Thompson allegedly shook his head and lowered the gun before putting it against his head again.

After the deputy ordered Thompson to put the gun down and exit the vehicle again, he complied and stepped out of the vehicle, the report said. Suicide letters were allegedly found in Thompson’s car.

Thompson is scheduled for a bond revocation hearing Thursday.

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