NEW DETAILS: Former Tallahassee youth pastor facing additional charges

Former Tallahassee youth pastor facing additional charges
Former Tallahassee youth pastor facing additional charges
Posted at 4:30 AM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 11:36:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - New details are being revealed about what led Leon County deputies to tack on an additional five charges on a former youth pastor.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says that Roshad Thomas is facing five additional charges for lewd and lascivious acts.

According to a probable cause document, LCSO deputies were able to find and interview five more victims, bringing the total to ten. 

The victims each recounted separate encounters with Roshad Thomas from 2007 to 2012.

They told police that Thomas would touch them "in a joking manner", some saying he would grope and fondle them while they were in his home.

They all reported that incidents happened "often", one of the victims saying that Thomas would try to make the victims comfortable with his behavior. 

A victim told depties that Thomas was also "constantly exposing himself." 

According to the probable cause documents, the victim's trusted Thomas implicitly, so much so, that they didn't speak of the incidents until deputies started an investigation.

One of the victims told deputies that the boys in Thomas' care looked up to him like "Jesus." 

At the time, the victims' ages ranged from 11 to 15 years old.

When asked if he had touched anyone during his time being a youth pastor, Thomas told investigators that he had contact with hundreds of boys throughout the years and stated "if they say it happened, it probably happened." 

Thomas' new charges are as follows: Lewd and Lascivious Acts on Child Older than 12 (3), Lewd and Lascivious Acts on Child Younger than 12 (1), Lewd and Lascivious Exhibitionism on Child Older than 12 (1). 

Thomas is a former youth pastor at a Tallahassee church, who, until recently, was a contracted employee at Maclay School.

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

Thomas is being held in the Leon County Detention Facility on $215,000 bond.

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