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7/3/02-Marshall

Federal Judge Gives "Porn Preacher" Five Years

   Marshall minister Gerald Thomas Junior will spend five years in federal prison for having pornography on his home computer.

   A federal judge handed down that sentence Wednesday morning. Thomas, often called the porn preacher, will surrender to the court in early August.

   The Lutheran pastor led Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshall until allegations of sex abuse surfaced last year.

   Thomas still faces several state felony charges for committing sex acts against minors, and the victims' civil attorneys have a case pending against him.

   Civil attorney Ed Hohn with Nix & Patterson Law Firm, says five new kids recently came forward saying Thomas sexually abused them.

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