Former hospital CEO facing five-count indictment

A Liberty County grand jury in late August returned a five-count indictment against Matthew Allen Thornton, stemming from an investigation that began on May 21, 2020, after allegations of sexual assault of a child were made to Liberty Police Department.

Thornton was arrested on June 22, 2020, and charged with Sexual Assault of a Child. The indictment, which now shows five counts of having sex with a child 14 or older but under 17 years of age, was explained by Liberty County District Attorney Logan Pickett, who would only say that two counts stem from alleged incidents on one day, two others stem from another day and the fifth is for a separate alleged incident involving the underage victim.

As this case involves pending litigation, Pickett could not discuss the case any further.

At the time of his arrest, Thornton, 38, was working as the CEO for Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center. He has since been dismissed from that position.

Each count of the indictment carries a sentence of 2 to 20 years, if convicted. While he awaits trial, Thornton is free on a $25,000 bond.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. I wonder if they’re going to charge him like they did those black people in Cleveland several years ago. His charges sound worse than those Cleveland people. . The last couple of years , child molesters in this county have
    been getting 5 to 7 years

  2. Hey Andy- they did charge him. That is what an indictment is. It isn’t a black/white issue. No one cares for a child predator/molester no matter what color they are. I think we can all agree on that.

  3. The Cleveland victim was 12, this victim is between 14 and 17. That is why it isn’t aggravated sexual assault of a child, age of the victim.

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