Former Cal Fire SLO captain changes plea at sentencing hearing

September 28, 2023

James Peter Thomas


During a sentencing hearing on Wednesday, a former San Luis Obispo County Cal Fire captain withdrew his guilty plea and asked for a jury trial. James Peter Thomas will now face charges he grouped a coworker in 2020.

In May, 59-year-old Thomas pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of sexual battery, which requires him to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

On Wednesday, Thomas told the court he was unaware of the sex registry requirement when he pled no contest.

If found guilty, Thomas faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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He should have to forfeit his PERS retirement. Perverts should lose their pensions.

Probably a better deterrent than our penal code.

I just read the answer to joke of many teenagers of yesteryear: “Do you know what is worst that a tornado?” Six months in jail and a $2000 fine.

I suspect our local pervert likes the odds of getting at least one juror to vote Not Guilty. He’s going to take his chances and demand a jury trial–even though they have him on audio admitting what he did. He’s wasting our time and our money.

Not to worry, he will retire at some point and his pension from a broken pension system with be intact, he will live off the taxpayers just fine.