Founder Of Large Christian Rock Festival Accused Of Child Molestation

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The pastor faces charges relating to sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

A New Jersey pastor and co-founder of the largest Christian rock gathering in the country, Creation Festival, was arrested Wednesday on charges related to child molestation.

Harry L. Thomas, 74, of Medford Township, faces charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.

The assaults are alleged to have taken place 20 years after Thomas's Creation Festival first launched in Pennsylvania in 1979, running from 1999 to 2015. He is currently the pastor of Come Alive Church in Medford.

Thomas was arrested Wednesday, and remains in a medical facility for treatment, where a county department of corrections officer is guarding him. A first appearance in court will be scheduled in the near future.