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Posted at 1:47 PM ET, 01/16/2011

Ex-prosecutor released on bond

By The Associated Press

A former Winchester prosecutor facing federal tampering charges has been released from jail.

The Winchester Star reports that former Winchester Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Thomson was released on $50,000 bond Friday.

Federal drug agents arrested the 56-year-old Jan. 10. He's charged with conspiring to tamper with evidence and a witness.

A criminal complaint says Thomson visited an informant several times while the man was in custody on drug charges. The informant had told authorities that he sold cocaine to Thomson.

Thomson served four four-year terms as a commonwealth's attorney before losing a re-election bid in 2001.

By The Associated Press  | January 16, 2011; 1:47 PM ET
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