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Sexual assault suspect Thompson indicted

Earl Leroy Thompson Jr. was indicted last week by a Denton County grand jury in connection to a sexual assault and attempted sexual assaults near the University of North Texas campus.

Earl Leroy Thompson Jr.
Earl Leroy Thompson Jr.

Thompson, 32, has been charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony and three counts of attempted burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony.

Since his arrest June 2, he has been sitting in Denton County Jail in lieu of a $525,000 bail. His case has been filed in Judge Brody Shanklin's 211th Judicial District Court, and Lewisville attorney Angie N'Duka has been appointed to represent him.

Thompson, a former UNT custodian, told investigators about his involvement in three burglaries in February and May, when he intended to commit sexual assaults, police said. He confessed to one sexual assault that occurred Feb. 23 and attempted sexual assaults on May 3 and May 16, police said.

He also confessed to local TV station KXAS-TV (NBC5) during an interview in his jail cell shortly after his arrest, telling a reporter he's "not a monster." He talked about his addiction to pornography during the interview.

In a Denton police arrest affidavit, investigators outlined numerous reports of Thompson peering through apartment windows and prowling around apartment complexes from April 30 to May 31.

Thompson, a Denton resident, oversaw a cleaning staff in 11 assigned buildings on the UNT campus before he received his hand-delivered termination letter on May 19. According to police, he mostly worked unsupervised during the overnight hours, when all of the incidents were reported.

On Feb. 23, police said Thompson choked a woman in her early 20s in her apartment in the 2200 block of West Oak Street. He told her he "didn't want to hurt her" and took her cellphone after the assault, according to the arrest affidavit.

On May 3, at another nearby apartment, police said a woman woke up at about 4:30 a.m. to see Thompson standing in her bedroom doorway. She said he tried to sexually assault her, choked her and eventually fled the scene, the affidavit said.

In the third incident, on May 16, another woman said he attempted to sexually assault her at about 4 a.m. in her apartment in the 1700 block of West Hickory Street. She said a large man pushed down on her neck, touched her breasts and put his hands down the back of her shorts.

Denton police arrested Thompson on June 2 after one officer watched him try to open an apartment window while masturbating, according to the affidavit. 

Police charged Thompson with burglary with intent to commit a felony, which is a first-degree felony, partially because the maximum punishment is more severe than a sexual assault charge, which is a second-degree felony. Thompson could face up to 99 years in prison if convicted of a first-degree felony.

JULIAN  GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.