The Christian Post reports:
A former New Jersey pastor who co-founded the Creation Festival, which bills itself as the country’s largest Christian music festival, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple young children.
Harry Thomas, 75, who formerly pastored Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford and went on to help create the popular music festival, failed in withdrawing his guilty plea on Friday. The ex-pastor wept in court and admitted that he deserves a heavy punishment for what he has done.
“I’m very sorry for the pain I’ve caused,” he said. “I agree with the scriptures. It would be better for a millstone to be hung around my neck and be cast into the sea. That’s what I deserve,” he added, seemingly referring to Luke 17:2 in the Bible.
Thomas’ victims were all preteen girls.