The recent arrest of a Grand Rapids abortionist has brought to light a lengthy criminal arrest record for crimes of violence, a pattern of which shows a downward spiral into alcoholism and violence.
Thomas James Gordon was arrested on January 13, 2016, and spent four days in jail for charges described as “Disorderly Person, Fighting/Jostling.” Little more is known about this current case except that it certainly wasn’t Gordon’s first brush with the law.
His first known arrest was January 29, 1991, according to documentation posted originally by Live Action, when he was charged with aggravated assault for which he pled nolo contendere and served 18 months of probation.
Here is a listing of arrests since the 1991 incident:
November 6, 2011: Gordon was arrested and eventually pled guilty to a weapons violation of possession a firearm while under the influence and domestic violence. While in a drunken state, he held a gun to his wife’s head. He spent four days in jail, paid a fine, and was again placed on probation.
June 1, 2015: Gordon was arrested and charged with domestic violence for the second time. He pled guilty, was given a suspended sentence of 90 days in jail, fined, and placed on probation once again.
September 20, 2015: Gordon was once against arrested, this time on an Indian reservation for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He pled guilty and was given the option of paying a fine or spending 90 days in jail. For the fourth time, he was placed on probation, this time for only six months.
Sidewalk counselors told Michigan activist Lynn Mills that they have observed him breathing into a device prior to starting his vehicle. According to these eyewitnesses, there are times when his car apparently won’t start, leading to the suspicion that he may be drinking on the job.
One might think that four criminal convictions for drunkenness and assault would show up on his medical license profile. However, his medical license shows no adverse information at all.
“It is unconscionable and dangerous for there to be no warning of Gordon’s criminal and addiction issues,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “To look at his profile, one would think he was a model provider when his conduct actually poses a danger to the public.”
Gordon owns and operates Heritage Clinic for Women, which was cited in 2014 for numerous violations related to careless handling of drugs, expired medications, and other shoddy practices.
Mills has filed complaints against Gordon and is hoping his license will be revoked.
“Gordon is spiraling out of control and things are only going to get worse,” said Newman. “Gordon’s alcoholism and violent tendencies are a public health issue. We join in calling for an immediate suspension of his medical license and pray he gets help for his addiction and anger issues before he kills someone.”
[HT: Lynn Mills and Saynsumthn’s Blog]
LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue, a pro-life that monitors abortion practitioners and exposes their illegal and unethical practices.