5-day trial begins today for alleged kidnapper

The man accused of abducting and assaulting a four-year-old girl in east London on Mother’s Day 2018 is expected to appear in person for a 5-day trial starting Monday.

Lawrence Allen Thompson, 67, is facing multiple charges..

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, a four-year-old was playing with a sibling on Melsandra Avenue near Barker Street when someone drove up, got out, grabbed her and took off in a car.

A witness saw what happened, followed the vehicle and called police. Police say the victim was able to escape and run home when the car came to a stop.

The alleged abduction prompted a massive search with dozens of officers canvasing neighbours and looking at surveillance video.

A vehicle and suspect description was released of a white male, about 60-years-old, with grey hair, wearing a plaid shirt and brown-framed glasses, driving a gold or beige older model Chevrolet Impala Sedan.

Thompson was arrested the next day and charged with abduction, kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual interference. He has been in custody since his arrest.

Accused faced previous sex charges

In 2009, Thompson faced sexual assault and sexual interference charges, court records show.

Those charges were eventually withdrawn and he entered into a peace bond, which meant he had to be on good behaviour.

Thompson was a custodian with a Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) elementary school. According to the school board, he was an employee at TVDSB until 2014.

A publication ban is in place on some of the evidence in the case.

Thompson will be transported to the London Courthouse from the Niagara Detention Centre every day for the hearings.

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