Left: Somerset County District Attorney Jeffrey Thomas arrives for his preliminary hearing at the Somerset County Courthouse in Somerset, Pa. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP). Right: Ex Somerset County D.A. Jeffrey Thomas is escorted to his sexual assault hearing at Somerset County courthouse by Somerset County Sheriff Dept. Dusty Weir on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

A former prosecutor who broke into a woman’s home and assaulted and strangled her is being sued alongside city officials for violating and failing to protect her civil rights.

Jeffrey Thomas, a former district attorney in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, was convicted in March for violently attacking and assaulting the woman, identified in court documents as Jane Doe, after breaking into her home in September 2021. He is currently serving up to seven years behind bars and must register as a sex offender, according to Pennsylvania officials.

Now, Doe is suing Thomas and Somerset County officials for civil rights violations. She alleges that the city looked the other way despite Thomas having a pattern of behavior that indicated he was capable of such violence.

“Upon information and belief, Defendant Thomas had a history of being disrespectful, sexually harassing and even assaultive to women,” the complaint says. “This history had previously gone undisciplined and uncorrected and, in essence, these past actions were condoned and encouraged by policymakers and decisionmakers in Somerset County.”

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