Jury Picked in Marshall Minister Molestation Case

A man accused of using his church title to molest young boys will soon face a panel of his peers. A jury was picked Monday in the case against former Marshall minister Gerald Thomas, Jr. Thomas is accused of molesting teenage boys inside his church parsonage.

The former Lutheran pastor has been indicted on 12 counts. The charges include indecency with a child, possession of child pornography, aggravated assault of a child and sexual performance of a child.

Thomas resigned from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church when sex abuse allegations surfaced in 2001. A federal judge has already sentenced Thomas to five years in prison for possessing child pornography on his home computer. The evidence phase of the trial starts Mon., Feb. 3rd.

Kerri Panchuk, reporting.