Former Legislator's Trial Set for this Week

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Prosecutors and defense attorneys are ready to begin the process of selecting at jury for the trial of a former legislator charged with sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl.

Former state Rep. James Thomas is charged with sexually abusing a female student at Wilcox-Central High School. Thomas was the school's principal at the time of the alleged incident in 2010.

Wilcox County District Attorney Michael Jackson said jury selection will be Monday. He said the jury is expected to begin hearing testimony Wednesday.

The 69-year-old Thomas, of Selma, served 28 years in the Alabama Legislature representing Dallas, Wilcox, Lowndes and Autauga counties. He was defeated in the Democratic Primary in 2010.