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Former Phelps businessman gets 10 years for sex abuse, assault, rape, and imprisonment charges

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Thomas Mitchell, the former owner of a Phelps eatery, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by 15 years of parole, according to Ontario County Judge Kristina Karle.


Mitchell was found guilty on felony charges of first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree assault, and third-degree rape, in addition to misdemeanor charges of assault, unlawful imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Arrested in 2021 after a months-long sheriff’s office investigation, Mitchell was accused of raping a woman in 2017, leading to a severe knee injury, a head injury resulting in a scar, and bruises to the child the woman was holding.