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Father charged with incest wants tracking device removed

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 The public defender for a Springfield father accused of incest is asking a Washington County judge to order the removal of an ankle monitoring device meant to keep the man away from his child.  

For the past 17 months, officers of the court have used GPS to track Kenneth W. Thompson, 45. 

He is accused of raping his own son sometime between spring 2010 and March 2011. Thompson has four children who are reportedly in the custody of a guardian in Willisburg. 

“He hasn’t missed a court appearance and he has not had any contact with him [the victim] at all,” Shouse told Judge Barry Bertram in an appeal to effectively remove her client’s tracking device. 

The judge postponed any immediate ruling. 

Shouse also asked Judge Bertram to reduce Thompson’s bond, which could likely be negotiated with state prosecutors.  

Judge Bertram said on Wednesday he hadn’t reviewed Thompson’s criminal court file and delayed the case until April 17.  

“My client’s not in jail, so I’m not trying to rush the court,” Shouse said.

Thompson, who is confined to a motorized wheelchair is on house arrest and is ordered to have no contact with his alleged victim. 

Separate documents filed in civil court proceedings detail another on-going investigation into Thompson by the Cabinet for Family Health and Services.

Those documents are sealed because they apparently document alleged crimes against children, a court worker said. 

Thompson said few words to the judge last week, appearing less than 10 minutes in court and deferring most comments to his legal counsel. 

After the hearing, Thompson offered only a brief statement to The Sun denying any allegations of wrongdoing. 

“It ain’t true,” he said in the second floor lobby of the judicial center. “Everything you had in the paper was wrong.” 

He was referring to earlier reports published in The Springfield Sun, which documented several tragedies faced by Thompson and family members.  

In 2010, Thompson’s former home on Commercial Avenue in Springfield partly burned after his son admitted to playing with matches and igniting a mattress on fire. Thompson was pulled from the burning house by a local real estate agent.

In March 2011, Thompson’s 40-year-old wife, Michelle Thompson, died of what coroners eventually ruled as natural causes.

Charges of incest were filed against Thompson a few months later. 

The Sun published reports last month that Thompson’s court-appointed legal team could produce a Louisville psychologist, who specializes in clinical and forensic cases. It’s possible, the psychologist could testify to Thompson’s  mental competency.  

Those are among several court documents yet to be reviewed by a judge.