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Thomson man charged with raping 11-year-old

A Thomson man is being held without bond after being accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.

Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson said Thomas Lazenby, of the 1500 block of Autumn Ridge Drive, has been charged with rape, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy.

He is being held at the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.

In addition to the charges Mr. Lazenby faces in Thomson, an "investigative hold" also has been against him by investigators with the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. It has not been disclosed why investigators in Augusta want to talk with Mr. Lazenby or what case he might be linked to in Augusta.

The sexual assault case in Thomson reportedly occurred about midnight on July 1, Chief Nelson said. The crime was reported to police about 11 a.m. that same day. TPD Sgt. Jammie Smith responded to the rape call which was called in to a 911 dispatcher.

The victim, according to police records, told the dispatcher that she had informed her mother about the crime but that her mother reportedly told her not to worry about it.

When Sgt. Smith arrived, he talked with the victim and her mother.

The mother denied that her daughter had told her anything about having been raped.

The woman said the suspect had spent the night in a bedroom at her home.

The victim said her attacker tapped on a wall around the time she had gotten up to go to the bathroom. Afterwards, the girl said she was grabbed and forced into another bedroom where the crimes took place.

The case later was turned over for investigative purposes to Capt. Jamie Bridges.

Web posted on Thursday, July 15, 2010

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