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Joseph Thomas charged in sexual assault of second teenager

Published On: Apr 19 2013 12:59:17 PM EDT
Joseph Thomas

A Reading man, already behind bars, has been charged in the sexual assault of a second teenage girl.

Joseph Thomas was first arrested April 4 on charges he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl he met on a social media website.

Thomas, 24, has now been charged in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl he met at a local roller skating rink, said detectives with the Berks County district attorney's office.


Thomas sexually assaulted the girl six times between this past November and March, said officials, adding that three of the assaults occurred at a local park and the others at the victim's home when her parents weren't there.

Thomas also sent the girl multiple pictures of himself naked via electronic communication, officials said.

Thomas, who was already jailed on $500,000 bail in the first case, has had his bail boosted to $1 million because of the charges filed in the second case, officials said.