[Hpn] Judge Given 4 Years In Penis Pump Case~Off Topic

William Charles Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Fri, 18 Aug 2006 16:23:54 -0400


Judge Given 4 Years In Penis Pump Case

August 18, 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 Friday to four years in prison.

Donald Thompson had spent almost 23 years on the bench and had 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 that 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 that 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 photographs of the pump under the 

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

Carmelia Brossett, a senior probation officer for the state Department of 
Corrections, said in a presentencing report that Thompson refused to undergo 
psychosexual testing.

"Thompson's denial of the offense would likely present difficulty, if not 
inability for treatment providers to provide meaningful and beneficial 
sex-offender treatment," she said.

The jury recommended a sentence of one year in prison and a $10,000 fine on 
each count. The jury foreman has said it was the jury's intent that Thompson 
serve the full sentence.

Judge C. Allen McCall denied a defense motion asking that Thompson be 
allowed to remain free pending an appeal. Thompson was also ordered to pay a 
$40,000 fine.