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Thornton out on bail

Convicted child fondler Thomas Thornton was released at 9 p.m. Friday from the West Pasco Detention Center in Land O'Lakes on $25,000 bail. Thornton, 58, of St. Petersburg, was found guilty Sept. 16 of five felony and two misdemeanor charges in a case involving seven pupils at Mary Giella Elementary School. The children said Thornton, a former school photographer, had touched them improperly in March 1993. Circuit Judge Craig Villanti granted the bail Friday morning, but Thornton was held until all seven victims could be notified.

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