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Ex-pastor sentenced to 18 years in child sex abuse case


AP Mount Holly (US)
A former New Jersey pastor who co-founded a Christian music festival has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a child sex abuse case.
Seventy-five-year-old Harry Thomas is the former pastor of Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford and co-founder of the Creation Festival, billed as the country's largest Christian music festival.
He failed in a bid to withdraw his guilty plea in sexual assaults and other crimes involving five minors and was sentenced yesterday.
Burlington County assistant prosecutor Stephen Eife calls Thomas "a devil in disguise."

Thomas had acknowledged sexually assaulting a 9-year-old, having sexual contact with three girls ages 7 to 9 and exposing himself to a girl.
He wept yesterday while expressing remorse and confusion about his crimes.
Defence attorney Robin Lord cited Thomas' age, health problems and ministry work.

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First Published: Jul 29 2018 | 12:40 AM IST

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