A New Jersey pastor has been charged with sexually assaulting four minors for at least 16 years.
Harry L. Thomas, 74, of Medford Township, faces charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
Thomas, who is currently the pastor of Come Alive Church in Medford and is also the co-founder of the Creation Festival, said to be the nation’s largest Christian rock festival, reportedly assaulted the minors between 1999 and 2015 in Medford, reports NJ.com.
Thomas was arrested Wednesday.
William Darpino, a trustee from the Come Alive Church, said in a statement that Thomas has been suspended from his leadership of the church.
“It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that the board of Come Alive International and Creation Festivals along with the elders and trustees of Come Alive New Testament Church have indefinitely suspended Pastor Harry Thomas from all leadership positions with the church, festival and all associated ministries,” Darpino said. “While the allegations are unrelated to his roles in these ministries, leadership has determined this to be the proper course of action at this time until there can be a full investigation.”