Thursday, February 15, 2007

Tanya Kach: Suspect hospitalized, trials postponed

You will notice that there is a section in the index of this blog marked "Trial Watch". I had meant to follow the trials of the suspects in the cases of my missing people who have since been found. I have not been very good at posting updates in this area, and I hope to do better in the future.
Story from
Updated Feb. 12, 2007, 3:44 p.m. ET
Lawyer: Defendant stabbed himself just before trial for sex crimes against
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man stabbed himself just before he was to go on
trial Monday for sex crimes against a runaway who said she was secretly hidden
in his home for a decade, his lawyer said.
Thomas John Hose, 49, was
hospitalized Monday morning after he was found bleeding in his home, defense
attorney Jim Ecker said.
"He stabbed himself several times and he supposedly
took some kind of medication," Ecker said before a judge issued a gag order in
the case. He said he received a call from Hose's mother earlier Monday saying
Hose was "sitting on a chair with blood coming out of him."
Hose is charged
with counts including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated
indecent assault. A judge set a new trial date of May 14 and ordered that Hose
be given a psychiatric evaluation.
The trial of Judith Sokol, a 58-year-old
beautician who prosecutors say helped Kach run away and change her looks, also
was postponed to May 14. Both Hose and Sokol have pleaded not guilty.
was also supposed to start Monday for Judith Sokol, a 58-year-old beautician who
prosecutors say helped girl run away from home and change her looks. It was not
immediately clear if Sokol's case would begin.
The runaway, Tanya Nicole
Kach, now 25, was discovered last year after she told a convenience store owner
she was on a missing person's Web site. The owner called police, and Kach told
authorities she ran away from home 10 years earlier and had been living in
Hose's house.
Kach, who has given several interviews about her ordeal, has
said that she met Hose when she was an eighth-grader and that Hose used
psychological tactics to keep her from leaving, including threatening to kill
Hose, a school security guard, has contended that Kach was never
restrained in his home in McKeesport, a small city several miles east of

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