Local man jailed on child sex charges

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By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos resident Thomas A. Rahn, 54, is still being held by the Bozeman Police Department in Montana on sexual abuse charges, and is scheduled for an extradition hearing July 16 at the W.W. Lessley Law and Justice Center in Bozeman.

According to Randy Foster, a captain with the Los Alamos Police Department, if Rahn chooses to waive extradition, the LAPD will bring him back to Los Alamos to face charges within 10 days from the date of the extradition hearing.

Rahn is accused of two counts of first-degree sexual penetration of a minor and is being held in the Gallatin County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond, with a "hold for New Mexico" status.

Rahn was apprehended by Bozeman police after the Los Alamos Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest.
Bozeman police arrested Rahn in the parking lot of a Homewood Suites Inn in Bozeman. Rahn was driving a white Chevrolet Suburban with government plates, according to the arrest report.

The charges stem from a report filed by New Mexico Children Youth and Families Dept. counselor Lisa Pence, wherein Rahn’s children accused him of touching them “inside” their “bum.”

Rahn’s children are 6 and 8 years old. The interview took place in Los Alamos on June 30, and was prompted by a complaint from Rahn’s wife, the mother of the two children.

According to Pence, the wife is “distraught” by what the children said, and she believes their accounts. She said she is seeking a divorce from Rahn as well as a restraining order against him.

Pence’s report states that Rahn and his wife have been together for 20 years and married for 16 years. His wife also told Pence her husband has been angry and very upset ever since the children were born, because, according to her, he did not want to have kids.

She and the children are currently staying at an area shelter because she “is afraid that because of this, he may come home early as he is very controlling” according to the report filed by Pence.

Rahn, who was in Bozeman, Mont., on business at the time of the arrest, is listed on the Los Alamos National Laboratory website as an employee in the lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences division. His wife is also employed at the lab as a staff scientist. She was a recipient of LANL’s Star award in 2009 for her work.

When reached for a comment on the arrest, lab spokesman Kevin Roark said, “Investigation of alleged criminal activity is a matter for the appropriate law enforcement agency.”