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Serial domestic abuser who ran Phelps hot dog stand guilty of sex abuse, assault, and rape

A Phelps man who previously owned a hot dog stand in the village has been convicted on sex abuse and assault charges.

Thomas Mitchell, 52, of Phelps, who owned the ‘Old Mill’ was cleared of the most-serious charges he faced – including rape and kidnapping.


However, he was found guilty of first-degree sex abuse, second-degree assault, and third-degree rape. All of those charges are Class D felonies.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 24th.

According to prosecutors who spoke with the Finger Lakes Times about the case, Mitchell had a history of domestic violence and convictions dating back to 1996.

District Attorney Jim Ritts, who prosecuted the case, called him an ‘intimate terrorist’.

Serial domestic abuser who ran Phelps hot dog stand guilty of sex abuse, assault, and rape