An area handyman who raped at least six young girls over 27 years, while documenting his crimes with drawings, pictures, underwear and journals was sentenced Monday.
William Charles Thomas, 59, of Falls Township, was sentenced to serve 60 to 120 years in state prison for his crimes. He pleaded no contest to the charges.
Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. called Thomas a “monster” before handing him a sentence of 10 to 20 years for each assault.
Thomas, a Levittown native, lived in the Midway Village Trailer Park for the last 10 years, where he worked as a handyman. He befriended people in the neighborhood who were customers, using the relationships to get near their children, who he sexually assaulted when the parents were not present.
“He seemed like a genuine guy trying to help out a single mother so she could work and support her children,” said one victim, who is now 27 years old with two kids. She and her sister were raped over a two-year period in the early 1990s when Thomas babysat them. She was about seven when the abuse began. Her sister was just four.
Some victims had blurred memories of the assault due to the trauma.
“Waking up late at night to him sitting on the edge of the bed, telling me everything was ok … and then furiously, inconsolably crying myself back to sleep, but not being able to recall why,” said another victim, who is 33 now. “Very clear memories of laying on the couch watching cartoons … but then, fog … did I open my legs or did he? What was the rest? Why can’t I remember the rest?”
At his hearing, Thomas sat in front of sketches that he had drawn of him assaulting his victims, large sex dolls, sex toys, little girls’ underwear — which police found hanging from his bedroom ceiling — and a piece of plywood on which Thomas documented his crimes.
On November 11, 2016 the manager of the trailer park called police after a new tenant found the makeshift journal in a renovated unit. The plywood had graphic, handwritten details of Thomas’ assault of two girls, beginning when they were 2 and 6 years old. Details included the names of the victims, their parents and one date — Christmas of 2014.
Police also found a shed behind a house where Thomas had previously lived that documented assaults, much like the plywood journal. The owner of Thomas’ old home told police that they found a life-sized sex doll in the attic crawl space, a handwritten description of an assault on a wall behind a shelf and photos of Thomas sitting naked near a pool with a group of children.
Thomas’ defense attorney Kenneth Hone asked Bateman to consider the fact that Thomas was abused sexually as a child, had abused methamphetamine and other drugs for 25 years. He also had experienced several heart attacks.
“I wish to apologize to everyone I’ve hurt,” Thomas said during proceedings. “I tried my best to keep it in my head and not touch another person. In my head, I never thought I hurt nobody. I’m sorry.”
The 33-year-old victim responded to Thomas, saying, “I read in a news article that you were quoted as saying, ‘I need people to know that I’m not the monster they think I am.’
“You are,” she said. “In every sense of the word.”