Report: Denton burglary suspect confessed in 3 more sex assault cases


A Denton man now faces more charges while police look at him for sexually assaulting one woman and trying to sexually assault others.

Earl Leroy Thompson Jr faces five burglary charges with the intent to commit a felony. He’ll be arraigned in Denton County Thursday after being served three additional warrants Wednesday night.

Police say Thompson knew he was on their radar but apparently never suspected he was being watched.

Since February, police have been investigating a series of break-ins and sexual assaults near the University of North Texas campus and the Texas Woman’s University campus.

Police began surveillance on Thompson last month because he was seen in the area of the reported assaults. Investigators said during that time they saw him looking into apartment windows and performing sex acts on himself.

Police arrested Thompson a week ago for attempted break-ins at women's apartments. In jail, police hit him with three additional arrest warrants. This time, the affidavits accuse Thompson of actually going into three apartments and attempting sexual assault.

Police say Thompson did sexually assault one woman who told police "she thought the suspect was going to kill her and that she was going to die." Police say the crimes kept escalating.

“He was seen walking around looking in windows and actually saw him attempt to get into several apartments,” said Denton Police Officer Shane Kizer. “That is really alarming that he is that resolved to carry out these acts."

Breaking into someone's home with the intent of committing sexual assault, whether the suspect succeeds or not, makes it a first-degree felony. A conviction could bring up to 99 years in prison and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

"Who know what he's willing to do in the future if he feels like he might get caught,” Kizer said. “Would he harm someone even worse or even possibly take someone's life? We take this very seriously, and he's shown behavior that he's not going to stop unless apprehended."

According to the most recent arrest warrant, Thompson confessed to three sexual assaults between February and May of this year. He has not yet been charged in those cases.

Denton police say detectives are going back looking at unsolved cases that may be similar. They encourage any other victims who have not come forward to call investigators.

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