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04/05/04 - Marshall

Group Sues Lutheran Church Agencies

They're making a strong statement. Sexual assault victims of a Marshall minister, are suing Lutheran church agencies, saying the agencies gave a known molester a license to prey on young boys. Jury selection began today in Marshall in a civil case involving 14 victims of the former Lutheran pastor, Gerald Patrick Thomas, Jr. He's believed to have lured boys into child pornography, videotaped indecency, and sexual assault. Thomas was convicted last year and sentenced to 397 years in prison. A spokesman for the defense says a settlement has been agreed on. However, the plaintiff denies any settlement at this time.
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