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Tyrone man waives preliminary hearing on indecent assault charges

A 50-year-old Tyrone man, Thomas Martin Hammond, 1010 Cameron Ave., waived his right to a preliminary hearing on indecent assault and other charges yesterday before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller.
Hammond’s case stems from an alleged Dec. 21, 2005 incident in Tyrone involving a girl under the age of 16. Hammond was charged with indecent assault without the consent of the other person, indecent assault against someone less than 16 by someone four or more years older than the victim and harassment/stalking.
Hammond is also facing indecent assault charges against a person less than 13 years of age in Blair County for unrelated incidents that are alleged to have happened in 2004. A trial was scheduled for early October in two different cases filed against Hammond. The Blair County Court Administrator’s office confirmed that the cases were combined and the trial was continued. The case is scheduled to come up on the court calendar again in early November for review of the possibility of setting a new trial date or for some other action. A pre-trial conference was held on Oct. 17 in those cases according to court information.
Earlier this month, Hammond plead guilty to a single charge of indecent assault in a Centre County child sex case that dated back to the mid-1990s. In that case, Hammond was arrested earlier this year and was originally charged with raping two young girls at a Port Matilda residence during a five-year period starting in 1995 and ending in 2000.
Hammond will serve a 9 to 23 and-a-half months sentence. Hammond will be eligible for parole after nine months. He also will be placed on two years probation. If Hammond is paroled before completing his sentence he will be on parole for the remainder of the sentence then the probation would commence.
Hammond is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 28. The delay is to allow Hammond to be evaluated under Megan’s Law. An evaluation will be conducted by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board. If Hammond is deemed to be a sexually violent predator he will be subject to lifetime registration, which includes quarterly verification. He’ll be required to report his address and whereabouts to police every three months and there would be community notification of where he is living. The designation also requires monthly counseling.
If not deemed as a sexually violent predator, Hammond would still have to notify police of his address once a year for 10 years. In the Centre County case, Hammond remains free on $100,000 unsecured bond pending his December sentencing date.
In May, Hammond posted bond of $5,000 each unsecured in the 2004 Blair County cases against him.
In the 2005 Tyrone case, Hammond is free on $50,000 unsecured bail with additional conditions.