Former youth pastor sentenced for child sex offenses

Posted at 3:48 PM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-08 11:41:21-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -  A former Tallahassee youth pastor accused of molesting at least 10 minors has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. 

Roshad Thomas was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison followed by probation for the rest of his life.

He will also be required to register as a sexual predator.

Thomas took an open plea on eight counts of 2nd degree felony lewd and lascivious molestation with a victim over 12 under 18, one count of 2nd degree felony lewd or lascivious exhibition, and one count of 3rd degree felony of aggravated assault with the intent to commit a felony.

He was arrested in July 2017 on six counts of sex offense against a child. Thomas later picked up four additional charges when more victims came forward.

The victims' ages ranged from 11 to 16 years old.

According to his LinkedIn page, Thomas served as a youth pastor at Calvary Chapel Tallahassee for more than 13 years.

School officials also confirmed that Thomas is a former member of the Maclay School faculty. He taught Life Management in the Upper School during the 2016-2017 school year.

You can find the previous stories detailing what deputies found out from the first five victims here, the additional victims here, and find out what concerned parents had to say about the allegations here