The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Clergy sexual abuse case pending

In contrast to the growing flurry of lawsuits gripping the attention of U.S. Roman Catholics, the ELCA has only one pending lawsuit involving clergy sexual abuse. The suit, filed in Marshall, Texas, involves a former ELCA pastor, Gerald P. Thomas Jr., 40, who had served Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshall.

The suit, brought by nine plaintiffs, claims that over a six-year period Thomas sexually abused eight children, who were between ages 7 and 16. In the suit, the children's families, from Marshall and Wilson, Texas, claim Thomas contacted the children at basketball playgrounds.


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