Thomas Sherman Endicott
Convicted For Taking Molested Boy On
Convicted CEO Child Molester's Cruise Ship
May 18, 2012 - As local law enforcement struggled for years to get multiple convictions for alleged prolific child molester Thomas Sherman Endicott, now 74-years-old, of Corning, California, charges were added, dropped and modified along the way for 150 instances of child molestation, according to federal court documents, with Endicott only getting older the possibly of getting a conviction for his many sex crimes against children, getting less likely. One boy testified he had been molested by Endicott since he was three or four years old.
Since 2006, law enforcement had been trying to get a conviction on over 30 charges involving children being transported over state lines, taken to vacation spots, then allegedly raped. In 2007, Endicott slipped through the cracks when a jury acquitted him on 14 felony counts and were deadlocked on 11 other counts, with five children having testified.
This particular case has a turn of events, that gives reason to pause, in addition to the police errors and prosecution mistakes by California that were linking up to set Endicott free. The paths of two men accused of a combined hundreds of sex acts with children would cross, if only through a business transaction. Did their connection end there, or were these two men, both accused of the exact same horrific acts against disadvantaged and troubled children over a 30+ year period, really become more than just a business transaction?
An indictment specified that between 1988 and June 2006, Endicott, owner of Endicott Trucking since 1972, repeatedly took different boys ages 8-13 across state lines to Oregon, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee or New York for the purpose of raping them, which allegedly included sodomy and oral copulation, according to the testimony of the boys. All of the victims were friends of the family, or troubled boys befriended by Endicott. One appeared to be a foster child. Thomas Sherman Endicott faced a sentence of life in prison for the sex crimes against the boys.
The investigation began when an 11-year-old boy went missing and police attempted to locate him. Investigators discovered that Endicott had taken the boy, who he knew well, with him to North Bend, Oregon, one of Endicott's vacation homes. When they arrived, they found Endicott in bed with the 11-year-old boy. One would think, being caught in the act, would guarantee a conviction. Though a case posted earlier today, proves that even when an accused child molester confesses to having sex with child, a jury won't convict, when investigators mess up.
California state prosecutors ended up dropping out of the case, after attempting to go to trial again, when a jury decision lead to a mistrial, allowing the federal government to go after Endicott. It would be testimony and evidence presented before the court in the federal case, that would explain how Endicott walked free from the state case. In the end, Endicott pleaded guilty to the federal charges of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, on December 21, 2011. He received a sentence of 8 years in prison.With time already served pre-conviction, he will not do the full eight years, scheduled to be released in 2016, if he lives that long.
While the local California prosectors were trying to prove Endicott had sex with the boys, the federal case didn't focus on the actual acts. Instead, the focus of the federal case was the fact that Endicott crossed state lines with the INTENT of committing a sexual crime against the children and one incident case took place on a cruise ship, squarely within federal jurisdiction and are not bound by a federal statute of limitations.
In federal court, Endicott's attorney tried to wiggle out of the federal trial by bringing up some facts from the California trail. There were 300 jury votes taken in the California trial. Mind you, he was caught in bed with the boy when arrested, as police officers testified. That key fact couldn't be supported with police evidence at trial, as the taped evidence was lost by police before the trial began. Further evidence would show why jurors were conflicted
Endicott's lawyer in the federal case, labels his client "a model citizen" as the struggle continued to get bail for his client.