Former Kanabec County Health and Human Services Director Wendy Thompson was arrested July 31 and charged with harboring an offender after her husband was found at their home. Her husband, Kim Dale Thompson had a warrant out for his arrest; he failed to appear at his court sentencing after he was found guilty of criminal sexual conduct.
Kim was charged in September 2016 with nine felony counts of various degrees of criminal sexual conduct and one felony count of kidnapping.
On Jan. 17, a jury found Kim guilty of four of the counts of criminal sexual conduct. Kim was scheduled for sentencing on March 27, 2019 but failed to appear in court. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the Mille Lacs County Attorney’s Office, during Mille Lacs County investigators search for Kim, they found evidence he was keeping in contact with family members. When questioned, Wendy and his adult daughter, Jubilee, told investigators they have not seen Kim since his warrant was issued.
Investigators began surveillance of the Thompson’s property south of Isle. According to the complaint, an investigator witnessed a man matching Kim Thompson’s description dressed in camouflage, walking a trail behind the house.
On July 31, officers executed a search warrant for the property. Officers positioned themselves in the woods around the house. As several law enforcement vehicles pulled into the driveway, Kim Thompson allegedly ran into the woods. Officers ordered him to get on the ground; he complied and was handcuffed.
When Kim ran out of the house, so did Wendy and Jubilee.
Wendy and Jubilee were each charged with one felony count of aiding an offender.
Kim was charged Aug. 1 with one felony count of failure to appear in court.
After Kim was first charged in 2016, Wendy submitted to retire from her position as Kanabec County Health and Human Services Director. The Kanabec County Board of Commissioners approved her retirement request on Dec. 21, 2016 to be effective Jan. 10, 2017.