Bradenton man charged with tying up, burning woman

MANATEE -- A 30-year-old ex-convict has been charged with tying up a woman and burning her with a cigar, boiling water and hot iron as he questioned her about whether she was seeing other men, according to Bradenton Police Department.

Sean S. Thomas, who in 1999 was convicted of attempted second-degree murder, faces charges of false imprisonment and aggravated battery, according to a news release.

The alleged attack happened Dec. 1, but the woman did not report it until Thursday, police said.

The woman told police that during an argument on Thomas punched her in the head with his fist.

"She was tied up and Mr. Thomas administered a 'Lie Detector Test' so he could determine if she had been sleeping with any other men," the release states. "He then placed a rag in her mouth and repeatedly burned her with a lit cigar, boiling water and a hot iron, while asking her questions."

Eventually, Thomas unbound the woman and call 911 for medical assistance. She was treated at a local hospital for severe burns to her hands, stomach and feet and released, police said.

Thomas was convicted of attempted second-degree murder in 1999 in Sarasota and sentenced to 8 years in prison. He was released in November 2006, but he was returned to prison in April 2009. He was subsequently released that November, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Anyone having information about this case can call the Bradenton Police Department at (941) 932-9300 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at (866) 634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous eTip thru the web at

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