United Press International
Dateline: Little Rock, Arkansas
October 2, 1982
“I’m still shocked,” Dr. Robert M. Thompson said as he was led from the courtroom Friday. “I must be a pretty bad guy. I didn’t know this was worse than murder.”
Thompson, 48, of North Little Rock received the maximum fine and prison sentence on each of 20 counts of carnal abuse.
Deputy prosecutor Lloyd King said the 200-year sentence was one of the longest handed down and the fine may be the largest ever in an Arkansas criminal court.
A Pulaski County Circuit Court jury Tuesday found Thompson guilty of homosexual assault on the boy 20 times beginning in February 1980. The boy was 12 years old when the incidents began.
Carnal abuse charges also are pending against the boy’s father and four other men. The boy was placed in a foster home earlier this year.
Thompson’s attorney described the fine and sentence as cruel and unusual punishment.