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Bond denied for former prosecutor

A federal judge Monday denied bond for former Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul H. Thomson based on a charge of witness tampering and a positive drug screen.

A DEA affidavit claims Thomson, 56, tried to manipulate statements by his alleged former cocaine supplier after the supplier was arrested and started working with police. A local police incident report indicates Thomson was disheveled and incoherent in two encounters with officers in November.

According to a published report, Thomson tested positive for cocaine after his arrest this week. He reportedly told Magistrate Judge James Welsh he suffered a “post-traumatic stress breakdown.”

“There are things happening in my life I never thought would happen,” Thomson said, according to an account in The Winchester Star.

Also charged in connection with the alleged evidence tampering is Thomson’s assistant, Nannette Boden.

Thomson served four terms as commonwealth’s attorney before losing an election in 2001. Since then, he has maintained a criminal defense practice in Winchester.

Thomson apparently plans to retain counsel. No appearance of counsel was noted as of Tuesday in online court records.

By Peter Vieth

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