A 35-year-old former corrections officer with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has been charged in the alleged Oct. 22, 2013, rape of an 18-year-old woman on Ponce de Leon Circle.
Tysan Tileen Thomas, of Gray Highway in Macon, is charged with rape. He was booked into the Bibb County jail Friday and is being held without bond, according to jail records.
Thomas, who initially worked at the Eastman Youth Development Campus and later at the Macon Regional Youth Detention Center, resigned in March 2014.
The arrest warrant charging Thomas with rape alleges that the woman got into Thomas’ car about 1 a.m. with the understanding that he was taking her to a store near her home.
Thomas allegedly drove her to another location where he locked his car doors and forced her to have sex, according to the warrant.
He allegedly covered the woman’s mouth with his hand, telling her if she screamed he would “knock her out,” according to the warrant.
GBI test results show Thomas’ DNA, or the DNA of his identical twin if he has one, matches evidence collected from a sexual assault kit performed on the woman, according to the warrant.
Thomas told a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office investigator that he had met the woman prior to the alleged incident and that the two had exchanged numbers and “a message,” according to the warrant.
“The accused stated that he did not do anything to the victim,” according to the warrant.
Thomas’ resignation from his job was amid questions about his claiming to be an active member of the U.S. Army Reserves, according to a Department of Juvenile Justice statement.
An internal investigation determined Thomas was not in active reserves. He was charged with making false statements, theft and forgery, according to the statement.
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