2017-12-14 / Local & State

Creation Fest Founder Charged With Child Sexual Assault

Popular Christian music event held in Shirleysburg

Thomas Thomas A New Jersey pastor and cofounder of the popular, multi- day Christian music festival, Creation Fest, that takes place each summer in nearby Shirleysburg, Pa., was arrested last Wednesday for sexually assaulting four children.

According to published news accounts, the Burlington County, N.J., Prosecutor's Office has charged Harry Thomas, 74, Medford, N.J., with one count of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault and four counts of endangering the welfare of children. The alleged assaults took place between 1999 and 2015, a 16-year period.

Thomas is pastor of Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford. He was indefinitely suspended from that position last Thursday, as well as from his leadership positions with the festival and associated ministries.

Church elders and trustees released a statement last Thursday that said the “allegations are unrelated to his roles in these ministries” and that Thomas’ indefinite suspension had been determined “to be the proper course of action at this time until there can be a full investigation.”

Creation Fest was founded by Thomas and Timothy Landis in 1979 and has grown into two four-day events, one each in Pennsylvania and Washington State. Believed to be the nation’s largest and longest-running Christian music festival, each event draws as many as 100,000 attendees annually.

Creation Fest in Shirleysburg takes place on the Agape Farm and is scheduled for June 27-30, 2018, when it will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Thomas was being treated at a medical facility following his arrest last week.

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