August 21, 2006


BRISTOW, Okla. -- A former judge convicted of exposing himself while presiding over jury trials by using a sexual device under his robe was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison.

Donald Thompson spent almost 23 years on the bench and served as a state legislator before retiring from the court in 2004. He showed no reaction when he was sentenced.

At his trial this summer, his former court reporter, Lisa Foster, testified that she saw Thompson expose himself at least 15 times during trial between 2001 and 2003. Prosecutors said he also used a device known as a penis pump during at least four trials in the same period.

Thompson, 59, was convicted last month of four felony courts of indecent exposure for incidents that took place in his Creek County courtroom.


Thompson, a married father of three grown children, testified the penis pump was given to him as a joke by a longtime hunting and fishing buddy.

"It wasn't something I was hiding," he said.

He said he may have absentmindedly squeezed the pump's handle during court cases but never used it to masturbate.

Foster told authorities she saw Thompson use the device almost daily during the August 2003 murder trial of a man accused of shaking a toddler to death. A whooshing sound could be heard on Foster's audiotape of the trial. When jurors asked the judge about the sound, Thompson said he hadn't heard it but would listen for it.

Police built a case against the judge after a police officer testifying in a 2003 murder trial saw a piece of plastic tubing disappear under Thompson's robe.

During a lunch break, officers took photos of the pump under the desk.

Investigators later checked the carpet, Thompson's robes and the chair behind the bench and found semen, according to court records.


Blogger Aaron said...

I don't think the story mentioned it, but apparently he fired Foster shortly after she gave her statement.

She should have set the pump on "boa constrictor" before his next use.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

And incidentally, I want to know just how they "found" the semen...

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF? He only did it IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE!! What is wrong with America today when a man can't masturbate during a murder trial?! ahahahahaaahahaha ok, i'm gonna go puke now.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

"What is wrong with America today when a man can't masturbate during a murder trial?!"

You mean BESIDES Charles Manson and O.J. Simpson? :-)

10:22 PM  
Blogger Lady Bunny said...

I love that the jurors or legal assistants had to listen through days worth of trial recordings to note how often the whooshing sound of the pump was being used! --B

10:24 PM  

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