A Pennsylvania man, accused of keeping a girl under his sway for more than ten years, stabbed himself shortly before his trial was to begin. Thomas Hose has been committed to a State Hospital for evaluation of his competency to stand trial. The judge also revoked his bond, issued an arrest warrant for his failure to appear in court, and imposed a gag order in the case.
Hose faces numerous sex and child endangerment charges for launching a sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl in 1996. The girl told authorities that Hose psychologically dominated her and threatened to kill her during a decade she spent living covertly in the home Hose shares with his parents.
Before the trial was to begin, Hose’s attorney received a call from the defendant’s parents saying that he’d stabbed himself and taken pills. While not commenting on pills, the judge later stated that the six or seven stab wounds to Hose’s abdomen were superficial.
A Pennsylvania woman was also scheduled to go on trial on sex and child endangerment charges for her alleged role in hiding the girl and facilitating Hose’s relationship with the girl. Her trial has also been postponed.