Kenneth J. Thoms – Repeat Sex Offender Strikes Again

SEXUAL ASSAULT Date of Disposition: 10/20/2000
Place of Disposition: OCEAN
Victims: x – Under13 x – Male x – Female
Modus Operandi / Significant Event Details THE REGISTRANT FREQUENTS PUBLIC PLACES, SUCH AS BEACHES & MALLS, & SEXUALLY GRATIFIES HIMSELF IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS VICTIMS. HE ALSO HARASSES & SURREPTITIOUSLY PHOTOGRAPHS SOME VICTIMS. HE IS KNOWN TO USE A DIGITAL CAMERA, A VIDEO RECORDER & A COMPUTER.


Police are investigating whether a convicted sex offender who allegedly stalked two college students victimized more people.

Kenneth J. Thoms, 44, remained jailed Monday on $75,000 cash bail, according to Atlantic County Jail personnel.

Thoms is charged with stalking and will likely face more charges related to additional victims and parole violations, according to Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mangiello of the Richard Stockton College Campus Police Department.

Thoms, a Tier II sex offender, was convicted in 2000 for the sexual assault of male and female 13-year-olds in Ocean County, according to the New Jersey State Police Online Sex Offender Registry.

He registered for the current semester at Stockton under the name Ken Thomas as a non-matriculated student living less than a mile from campus, according to Mangiello, the registry and a safety bulletin posted to the college Web site and students’ online accounts Friday.

Thoms allegedly stalked two female students for about two weeks before they went to the police. He was arrested at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the college’s academic complex, Mangiello said.

College officials said they posted a bulletin to advise students of the arrest upon finding out about it Friday, according to college spokesman Tim Kelly.

During the past few days, police have fielded calls from other potential victims, Mangiello said.

Mangiello declined to release additional information because the investigation is ongoing and a police report on Thoms’ arrest has not yet been filed. Police Chief Glenn Miller was unavailable Monday for comment.

According to the registry, Thoms gratifies himself in the presence of his victims at public places such as beaches and malls. He also harassed and secretly photographed and video-taped his victims. Thoms’ activities take place in person and online, according to the registry.

The college has suspended Thoms and barred him from campus, according to the bulletin.

Police have asked that anyone with more information about Thoms or who saw him on campus to contact them at 609-652-4390.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is helping with the investigation, according to the bulletin.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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