Violent Sex Offender Recently Arrested on Alleged Parole Violation

Thomas Joseph Stanton (Photo: MN Dept. of Corrections)

By MN Crime Watch, June 15, 2019

Thomas Joseph Stanton, 52, was in custody at Hennepin County Jail (HCJ) from June 7 – June 14 on an alleged violation of conditions related to his intensive supervised release.

Stanton, who went by the name Thomas Joseph Bookwalter at the time of his 1992 conviction on seven felony counts related to a kidnapping, sexual assault and attempted murder in Stacy, Minnesota, was assigned four probation agents at the time of his release from incarceration in 2011 and placed on intensive supervised release in Chisago County. 

Stanton (Bookwalter) was convicted in late 1992 of raping, assaulting and attempting to kill a 44-year-old Stacy woman on her way to work just after 9 a.m. on May 12, 1992. According to court records, Stanton (Bookwalter), who was 25 at the time, had been living with a relative near the victim’s residence, and had originally entered the victim’s van looking for property to steal and was inside the van hiding when the victim left for work.

After the victim had driven for a few miles, Stanton (Bookwalter) revealed himself and threatened the victim with a knife and eventually instructed her to stop the van. When she did, he took the keys and proceeded to sexually assault her. Following the assault Stanton (Bookwalter) commandeered the van and physically restrained the victim from trying to jump out of the moving van.

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Stanton (Bookwalter) stopped the van after a short distance and scuffled with the victim who had managed to pick up the knife from the floor of the van and then she threw it out the van door. Stanton (Bookwalter) pulled the victim into the woods and began choking her and punched her in the head several times. Stanton (Bookwalter) continued hitting the victim with a stick while she covered her head and tried not to respond so that he would think she was dead, the report said.

Stanton (Bookwalter) left the scene in the van and later abandoned it in Stacy, and the victim walked to the home of an acquaintance where police and an ambulance were called. 

Stanton was convicted on seven felony counts including first-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, motor vehicle theft and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was sentenced to three consecutive sentences totaling nearly twenty years prior to his release in 2011. 

In 2015 while living in Lent Township, Stanton was arrested for an unspecified violation of his supervised release, and appears to have been re-incarcerated until June 2016. It’s unknown where Stanton was living subsequent to his release at that time. 

Stanton, who is scheduled to be released from supervision in July 2019, was arrested by agents with the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MNDOC) on June 7 and booked into HCJ where he remained in custody until June 14. 

A representative with MNDOC did confirm that Stanton had been arrested on an alleged violation of the conditions of his supervised release, but that the nature of the violation was not public information. The representative said that a hearing would be held by the Hearings and Release Unit to determine if Stanton violated the conditions of his supervised release, but a date for that hearing was not made available. 

Stanton listed his address of residence as an adult residential facility on the 200 block of Clifton Avenue in downtown Minneapolis at the time of booking at HCJ, but the MNDOC representative was not able to confirm that information stating that it was not public information. 

Stanton was released from custody at HCJ on June 14 according to the jail record. His current status, place of residence and any upcoming court appearances are not known at this time.  

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