Yavapai County Man Arrested For Molesting, Kidnapping Teen

A 23-year-old man, Lawton Thompson, has been arrested for child molestation and kidnapping, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Thompson was arrested inside a Prescott Valley business and charged with Transfer/Sales of Marijuana, Involving a Minor in a Drug Offense, Sexual Abuse – Victim under 15, Molestation of a Child and Kidnapping – for sex offense of a child.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s detectives interviewed the victim about the allegations on December 26, 2018, after she disclosed the sex offense to a family member who contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives learned that Thompson rented a room in a Prescott based home belonging to the victim’s father.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, in mid-December, Thompson, who was apparently intoxicated at the time, approached the victim and initiated sexual contact inside a room in the home. When the victim tried to pull away, Thompson restrained her and continued his illicit actions, only stopping when interrupted by someone knocking at the door. The victim was able to escape at that time.

Thompson later approached the victim and offered her drugs and money if she would not disclose what he had done. The victim was able to eventually able tell a family member a few days later about Thompson’s actions.

Thompson remains in-custody on a $150,000 bond.


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