Published on Mar 3, 2015
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Retired Santa Barbara County DA gained notoriety for charging pop star with child molestation, but served in post for 26 years
Tom Sneddon, the hard-nosed former Santa Barbara County district attorney best known for prosecuting pop star Michael Jackson on child-molestation charges, died Saturday in Santa Barbara. Sneddon, 73, died at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with his family at his side, according to Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley .“It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our former district attorney ... who died today from complications following his cancer diagnosis,” Dudley said in an email to her staff.
Thomas W. Sneddon Jr. was elected to the district attorney's post in 1983, and served until his retirement in 2010.On two occasions — in 1993 and 2005 — Sneddon pursued child-molestation charges against Jackson, who lived at Neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley. No charges were filed after the 1993 investigation, but the 2005 case went to trial, which drew international attention.