Doubting Thomas

County prosecutors charged a teenager with looking at kiddy porn. Turns out they hadn't done their homework

In December, the probation office granted Bandy's request. He's still on probation for another two years, but the more onerous sex offender terms have been stricken.

The county attorney is characteristically unrepentant. He told 20/20 that he still believes Bandy was guilty, according to the transcript of his interview.

"The juvenile was interviewed," Thomas said. "He admitted at least partially, the substance of the crime, which was yes, he used the computer to go on the Internet to access pornographic sites. It turns out . . . he says it was only adult sites. Quite frankly, criminal defendants are not . . . famous for being forthcoming with the facts. So you've got to weigh that . . ."

Dr. Gregory Bandy and his wife, Jeanne, spent $250,000 defending their son, Matt.
Tony Blei
Dr. Gregory Bandy and his wife, Jeanne, spent $250,000 defending their son, Matt.
County Attorney Andy Thomas ran on a platform of being tough on child porn.
courtesy of Andrew Thomas
County Attorney Andy Thomas ran on a platform of being tough on child porn.

But outrage has erupted among bloggers and even, apparently, some Arizona legislators. Defense attorney Novak says he's been talking with Republican senator Barbara Leff about getting a change to the law to prevent this type of thing from happening.

He's learned not to count on prosecutorial discretion — or even common sense.

"The treatment of this defendant is typical of the treatment of accused sex offenders in general by Andrew Thomas," Novak says. "He ran on a platform of being tough on sex offenders, and tough on immigration crime.

"He's not worried about what people like you or I think of a case like this. He's worried about the newspapers saying he's let someone off the hook."

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Amypanther
Amypanther

I think of the Bandy family frequently and pray they are recovering from this horrible violation and Matt is doing well. Nothing made me happier, then hearing Andrew Thomas was disbarred this week.A.Panther

Sarah Tumbler
Sarah Tumbler

ya know.....The more I think about this....if he was 16....he would have been in school right?every image on a computer has a digtal time stamp as to when it was downloaded created etc...If the images dont match the time he was home...

AJ
AJ

I'm happy the family was able to afford a attornery and get justice for there son.We are going through a simliar case right now.We just found out the alleged victim recanted her statement shortly after a dependency was file in to court July 2009.We did'nt find out about her recanting until I wrote Senator John McCain asking him to look into the case in 2010 of this year.He replied back by a letter saying he was forwarding the letter to Gov Jan Brewer office to have them look into the case.We received a letter back from Neal Young Department of Economic Security in August 2010 stating that the alleged victim recanted her statement to the Phoenix Police Department and CPS that why there were not criminal charges made.But the fact is that the AG's Office and CPS withheld evidence from us and are public defender (attornerys).I sure wish we had the money to get some real attornerys to fight for us and our kids.I would also like to know the name of the doctor who conducted the psychosexual evalaution for Matt Bandy and family.The reason why is because even though the AG's office has know evidence to support there case they still want my husband to take a psychosexual.The doctor the state has recommend is a doctor we were told from a source that would be used to rule in the states favor.Dr.Gray is known to handle all CPS cases for them so the results will come back in favor of the state.Thank you for letting me vent a little bit on your web site hopefully I receive some helpful information back.

Justice4all
Justice4all

and now weels of justice take another turn andy thomass is voted out 2010

THIS is a good reason not to hire him as atty in his new private office, maybe he''ll be run out of the state.

very sad what he did to this family , I hope Matt and the family recover this horriffic ordeal.

Judy Day
Judy Day

I believe it is about time we make DA's, judges, CPS workers, doctors and others that have the power to alter lives or distroy them accountable for their actions! They certainly want others to be that way!

Take the immunity clause off these people so they will think befor they act! Too many innocent lives are being distroyed by people that hide their actions behind "IMMUNITY"!

Richard Connors
Richard Connors

Most DA's are incompetent lawyers and political wannabes and they have destroyed more innocent lives than should be allowed. just look at the rape cases in Georgia that have unravelled because of DNA testing once again DA's are just bigoted bullis with an agenda. I know because I went through it in massachusettes when I lost my wallet and some felon committed a crime with my id's the DA in my case kwen it wasn't me and still made me get a lawyer and go to court. I will say this most people who go before a judge have done something wrong. But it usualy easier to prove.

 
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