Herman Thomas has been found not guilty on charges of sex abuse, sodomy and assault, reports the Mobioe Press Register. The former Alabama judge was accused of checking male inmates out of jail and forcing them to engage in sexual activity for reduced sentences. The jury returned not guilty on several charges and the judge dismissed the other counts.
Eleven alleged victims told of being spanked with belts, a fraternity paddle, told to masturbate or have oral sex with Thomas in return for lighter sentences. The semen of two alleged victims was also found in his office. The jury apparently was not swayed by the DNA evidence, visitor logs and testimony of several witnesses who said Thomas even asked permission to paddle their grown sons or nephews.