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Video Shapes Case Against Internet Porn Preacher

New details on a a former East Texas minister, who is accused of molesting young boys in Marshall,  were revealed at a press conference Monday morning.

Civil attorneys for eight alledged victims say six of their clients met Pastor Gerald Thomas while he worked at Good Shepard Lutheran Church.

The kid's attorneys, Ed Hohn and Don Stokes, are also representing two West Texas teenagers who claim Thomas sexually abused them three years ago. At the time, Thomas was working at a Lutheran church in Wilson, Tx.

Attorneys have named the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in their civil suit, along with 7 other organizations associated with the church.

Attorneys said one of their key pieces of evidence against the Lutheran church is a statement given to the FBI by a pastor who worked in Minnesota.

The pastor told FBI agents that she noticed Thomas acting inappropriately around young boys and banned him from activities involving children at her church.

"As a seminary student, he got busted not once, but twice for inappropriate behavior with children," said civil attorney Ed Hohn. "And he was still ordained as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Minister."

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