William Thompson’s Trial Begins

MEDFORD, Ore. – The trial of a 50-year-old Gold Hill-area man, accused of 27 charges of rape, sodomy, sex abuse and compelling prostitution, began today in a Jackson County Courtroom.

William Henry Thompson was arrested in May of last year on charges he sexually abused two young women. Tuesday morning, a jury was selected and opening statements were made that afternoon.

Two potential female jurors were excused in tears when the nature of the case was presented. Judge Tim Barnak expects the trial to last two or three days.