Founder Of Nation’s Largest Christian Music Festival Gets 18 Years For Molesting Little Girls
Pastor Harry Thomas cried when he was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple pre-teen girls.
Thomas, founder of the Creation Festival, billed as the nation’s largest Christian music festival, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday after sexually assaulting four minors and having “inappropriate interaction” with another.
The corrupt pastor pleaded guilty in February to raping one pre-teen girl and sexually assaulting three others between 1999 and November 2015. He also pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a fifth girl.
The 18-year sentence includes no possibility of parole, which means the 75-year-old pastor will most probably die in prison.
After being sentenced the Thomas wept in the courtroom. The crying pastor referenced a Bible verse ( Luke 17:2) and apologised for his heinous actions, saying:
I’m very sorry for the pain I’ve caused. 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.
But survivors and their family showed only contempt for the sexual predator. One survivor, who detailed her emotional pain and suffering as a result of being sexually assaulted by the pastor, said in a statement read on her behalf:
I hate you.
Another angry survivor called the pastor a “scumbag,” declaring:
Harry Thomas, you surely will rot in hell.
And the father of one of the victims said:
This person (Thomas) is a ravenous wolf. He is one of the greatest hypocrites — a child molester masquerading as a pastor.
In one day, our entire lives were turned upside down.
The aunt of one girl opined:
What fools we all were. You used the fact that these kids loved you. You groomed them all and us, too.
The Courier-Post reports County Prosecutor Stephen Life said the pastor targeted victims for repeated assaults between the ages of 5 and 12.
Up until the age of puberty, they were repeatedly touched.
The prosecutor said the girls and their relatives are “suffering tremendously,” adding:
The amount of hurt, the amount of confusion, the amount of sadness, the anger, it’s unbelievable.
Bottom line: Pastor Harry Thomas, the founder of the nation’s largest Christian music festival, cried when he was sentenced to 18 years in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting and molesting pre-teen girls.
Founder Of Nation’s Largest Christian Music Festival Gets 18 Years For Molesting Little Girls
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Here at FACAA we see and hear of new horror stories daily. From news outlets, inboxes to the page and people contacting us personally we are exposed to a never ending stream of cases of child abuse and neglect. Yes, that takes a toll on us – we are all volunteers and most of us are also survivors still battling our own demons, but we keep fighting because it helps us to heal when we can help others to heal and because we believe that children are worth protecting, nurturing and empowering.
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Victims’ powerful messages to man who sexually abused them – 7 News
Ruecha Tokputza has pleaded guilty to 51 child sex offences including raping 11 babies as young as 15 months old !
An Adelaide man violated 11 babies and boys, some as young as 15 months old, in Australia and overseas and shared his crimes online, In one of the state’s worst cases of sex tourism. This is why we at FACAA supported Derryn Hinch’s calls to take the passports from child rapists in an effort to stop people exactly like Tokputza here !
Ruecha Tokputza groomed Australian and Thai children for sex, then filmed their torment to encourage fellow predators to follow in his footsteps. He amassed a vast collection of thousands of images and videos of child exploitation, adding to it by attending an Adelaide swimming pool and filming boys as they changed.
Tokputza, 30, of Mile End, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on last Friday by video link from Mount Gambier Prison. He was arrested in January following a joint investigation by Australian Federal Police, SA Police, NSW Police and Interpol.
However, his identity — and all details of his case — were automatically suppressed by state legislation banning publication of child sex offence matters until the case is committed to a higher court.
The brave investigators who ended Tokputza’s depraved six-year crime spree have compared the scale of his abuse to notorious Families SA paedophile Shannon McCoole. The AFP initially charged Tokputza with six offences, adding a further 51 in September and an additional 17 counts in November.
Last Friday, Commonwealth prosecutors told the court they would drop 23 of the counts in exchange for Tokputza’s confession to the remaining 51 offences. Who makes these decisions to drop so many charges ? What about the children featured in these charges ? Where is their justice ?
Craig Caldicott, for Tokputza, said there was no need to read the charges to his client. “It’s ‘guilty’ to all 51 counts — I’ve spoken to him only 10 minutes ago and reaffirmed my instructions,” he said. “Ordinarily I would provide the court with a signed copy of those instructions, but my client is down in Mount Gambier.”
Papers tendered to the court, show Tokputza pleaded guilty to 17 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 14. Those counts, as well as six aggravated counts of indecent assault, all relate to the same Australian victim, who Tokputza repeatedly abused over a six-year period.
He also pleaded guilty to two counts of committing sexual acts upon, and five counts of having sexual intercourse with, children outside of Australia.Those counts, together with three counts of persistent sexual exploitation of a child, relate to Tokputza’s trips to Thailand between January 2014 and November 2017.
All of his victims were boys, and while the identities of some — aged 15 months, 18 months, four and seven — are given in the documents, others are simply said to be “under the age of 16”. Tokputza further admitted indecently filming boys under the age of 17 as they dressed “within a swim centre change room” on May 21, 2017 — the location of the centre is not disclosed.
He pleaded guilty to one count of accessing, nine counts of transmitting, one count of possessing and one count of producing child exploitation material. That material, together with one count of distributing child exploitation material overseas, relate to Tokputza’s personal collection of images and videos.
Court documents show Tokputza was in possession of “12,500 image files” and “650 video files” of “known child exploitation material”. Much of that material featured his Australian and Thai victims, which he also transmitted to perverted, like-minded offenders in both countries.
These court documents reveal Tokputza used an online messaging app to transmit both still images and video files to fellow child sex predators. He also used the app to discuss offending with those men, talking about “guys having sex with guys”.
I am so very glad this horrific monster has been stopped, he simply must never be released from prison ever again ! He has absolutely no remorse, no compassion, no soul ! He can never again be allowed to be anywhere near children, the way he encouraged other child raping monsters to follow in his footsteps, shows that he thinks what he is doing is a good thing… worthy of copying ! Anyone with that view of child rape is not fit for release… ever !
In one conversation, he encouraged another man to visit Thailand and “engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16” That constituted another Commonwealth offence, to which Tokputza also pleaded guilty.
Magistrate Jayanthi McGrath remanded him in custody to face sentencing submissions in the District Court in January. SA Police and the AFP declined to comment on the investigation because Tokputza has yet to be sentenced.
We at FACAA want to thank the AFP and SA Police for taking this monster off the streets, we now only hope Magistrate Jayanthi McGrath keeps him behind bars where he belongs for the rest of his life !
Someone capable of raping toddlers and encouraging others to do the same, should never be given the chance to re-offend.
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