Former youth pastor sentenced on child molestation charges

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 8, 2018

Roshad Thomas

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A former Tallahassee youth pastor has been sentenced after pleading no contest to child molestation charges.

Thursday morning, 42-year-old Roshad Thomas was sentenced to 25 years in prison on 11 counts stemming from various sex offenses against at least ten children between the ages of 11 and 15. The reported abuse occurred over several years, between 2007 and 2015.

Thomas was also sentenced to 15 years in prison on second-degree felony charges and 5 years on the third-degree felony charges. He will serve that time concurrently with his 25-year sentence.

Thomas must also register as a sexual predator, and serve life probation and sex offender probation.

Just before his sentencing, Thomas spoke in court, saying, in part, "I publicly apologize. I want to apologize to god... apologize to family and friends for the way I've hurt them for the things I've done. Sincerely apologize to the families I hurt, that was never my intent. I was stupid. My relationships were always sincere. I didn't want to drag them through a public trial. I apologize to my church, and the court of Tallahassee for dealing with this. I know god will do his will. I seek god's mercy."

The prosecutor responded, "The most disturbing part is the defendant's role to the young boys and their families. Their youth pastor, their role model, someone their parents trusted him to guide them. Instead of using his good traits to help the boys, instead he used that to manipulate them sexually. Some have drug problems, pulled away from their family, religion and god."

Thomas has 30 days to appeal his sentence.

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