December 07, 2017

New Jersey pastor allegedly sexually assaulted four minors over lengthy period

Crime Sexual Assault
Harry L. Thomas Burlington County Prosecutor's Office/Facebook

Harry L. Thomas.

Authorities say a New Jersey pastor sexually assaulted four underage victims over the course of 16 years.

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday that Harry L. Thomas, of Medford Township, has been arrested for alleged abuses occurring between 1999 and 2015.

Thomas is the pastor at Come Alive Church in Medford. Prosecutors did not say where the assaults took place, only specifying they occurred in Medford Township.

Information about the victims is being withheld to protect their identities, authorities said.

Thomas was brought into custody Wednesday and will have a hearing in Superior Court in the near future. The case will now be presented to a grand jury for possible indictment.

He is charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault and four counts of endangering the welfare of children.

Anyone who believes they also allegedly were assaulted by Thomas should call the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office's Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit at (609) 265-5879 or the Medford Township Police Department at (609) 654-7511.