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August 3--  A former Vidalia attorney and the one-time U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia will remain in the Glynn County Detention Center for the foreseeable future.

Lyons native Rick Thompson had his bond revoked by Chief Magistrate J. Alexander Atwood at a hearing Thursday in Brunswick.  The judge bound Thompson over to Glynn County Superior Court on felony charges of aggravated stalking.  Court officials say he will be in jail until his case is disposed of by the court.

Thompson was out of jail on a $10,000 bond for allegedly violating a restraining order and stalking a woman identified as Mary Ella Kent in July, 2017.  Last week she notified authorities that Thompson was violating the terms of his bond by again calling her phone and following her in his car as she walked her dogs in her neighborhood.  According to her attorney, she and Thompson broke up last year after a year-long relationship.

A day after a new warrant was issued for his arrest,  Thompson was arrested on a rural Toombs County road July 27and threatened suicide before giving up to Toombs County Deputy Sheriff Wallace Thompson.

Thompson was appointed U.S. Attorney by President George W. Bush in 2001. He was forced to resign three years later after he was found to have abused his authority by the U.S. Department of Justice in a case involving a political foe of former State Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons.

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed him chairman of the State Board of Workers Compensation from 2009 to 2013.  Afterwards he was a partner with a workers compensation law firm with offices in Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Brunswick, Columbus, Macon and Savannah.

The warrant lists his current address on St. Simon's Island.

 

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