February 11, 2005

Church Member Arrested For Abuse -- 5 Years Later


POSTED: 9:30 pm EST February 11, 2005
UPDATED: 9:41 pm EST February 11, 2005

ISLAND POND, Vt. -- Police charged a former member of the Twelve Tribes Church in Island Pond with molesting a young boy.

John Thomas, 32, is accused of sexually abusing at least one of the children at the church in the Northeast Kingdom.

Church elders believe there could be many more victims -- at least eight have already come forward.

According to prosecutors, Thomas sexually abused one of the young members on church property. Church elders said they found out about the allegations in 2002 and asked Thomas to leave. He's been living in Massachusetts since then.

Posted by kshaw at February 11, 2005 10:29 PM