Prosecutor to decide on sex assault charges for West Richland widower
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The sexual assault investigation of a West Richland widower, Thomas St. George has been handed over to the Benton County Prosecutor. Thomas' wife, 26 year old Sandy St. George died in a house fire March 18. It is still unclear how the mother of three died. Months later, allegations that her husband was having an inappropriate relationship with the family's teenage baby sitter came to light.
Earlier this year, there was a restraining order filed against St. George by the family of the 16 year old baby-sitter. In the document, the family claimed St. George was having constant contact and a sexual relationship with their daughter, and ordered to stay away several times.
West Richland Police concluded that investigation last week and turned it over to the Benton County Prosecutor. KNDU also learned that on June 3rd, the 16 year old in question has emancipated herself from her family, and is now legally an adult. Family confirmed she has moved out of her home, and several sources claim that Thomas St. George paid her legal fees to do so.
An attorney from the Benton County prosecutor says they should decide by the end of this week whether they have enough evidence to charge Thomas. St. George with sexual assault of a minor.
According to family, the restraining order between the teen and St. George is still in effect. However they say she has tried to have it removed.