Pratt Student Doodle Helps Police Nab Sex Offender

Last week, a 21-year old student put her drawing skills to unusual use when she assisted in incarcerating an ex-convict. While seated in a lithography class at Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn campus, the woman noticed someone standing in the hallway just outside her classroom who appeared to be masturbating. The student, whose name has not been disclosed, quickly took to pen and paper to jot down a rough sketch of the man.

Though this vague sketch leaves much to be desired, it helped investigators identify 46-year old Christopher Thomas as the perpetrator. It is difficult to make out the figure in the outline at all but the federal prosecutor for the case argued that it sufficiently corroborated the young girl’s claim. Though Thomas was not caught on video masturbating, he was clearly seen entering and leaving Pratt’s campus that day.

Christopher Thomas, sentenced to prison after art student's claim. Photo:

Christopher Thomas, sentenced to prison after art student’s claim. Photo:

Thomas has just been sentenced to four months in prison following this indecent exposure and alleged masturbation on Pratt Institute’s campus. He had previously been serving a prison sentence for fraud. The latest incident constituted a violation of his federally supervised release.


Follow Artnet News on Facebook:

Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.
Article topics
Subscribe or log in to read the rest of this content.

You are currently logged into this Artnet News Pro account on another device. Please log off from any other devices, and then reload this page continue. To find out if you are eligible for an Artnet News Pro group subscription, please contact [email protected]. Standard subscriptions can be purchased on the subscription page.

Log In