Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 17, 2012

Former police officer faces sex charges

Matthew Thompson allegedly assaulted two female relatives


BEULAH — A former Manistee city police officer faces two felony sex charges.

Matthew Shane Thompson, 39, is charged in Benzie County with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges stem from alleged assaults of two female relatives between 1987 and 1994, court documents show.

Thompson's brother, Michael Thompson, was sentenced in March to a minimum of 10 years in prison on five counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. A Michigan State Police trooper investigating Michael Thompson learned of alleged wrongdoing by his brother and started another investigation.

Matthew Thompson for 10 years worked as a police officer at the Manistee City Police Department. He left the department in 2006 about the time he was convicted of domestic violence, Manistee Chief David Bachman said.

Thompson lives in Manistee, but is charged in Benzie County because authorities believe the crimes happened when he lived there several years ago.

Trooper Rick Doehring, who handled the investigation, said he believes Thompson hasn't engaged in inappropriate activity with the alleged victims in recent years. He isn't aware of other victims.

"If something were to come forward we would certainly investigate it, but I have nothing to indicate there is anyone else out there," he said.

The two victims connected to Matthew Thompson's charges also were assaulted by Michael Thompson, Doehring said. They represent two of his five criminal charges.

Thompson was arrested on Friday and is free on bond. He's scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Thursday.

He couldn't be reached for comment.