Youth Pastor Charged with Giving Alcohol to Teenage Girls, One Victim Says He Tried to Molest Her
UPDATE: 7:40 P.M. – Church officials have confirmed that Jared Thomas resigned on September 6th, just one day after the incident took place.
BROOKSVILLE – A Youth Pastor for First Baptist Church if Ridge Manor is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, after he allegedly provided alcohol to his own daughter and one of her friends. But one victim says he molested her during the violent incident that occurred last month on Campbell Drive.
According to officials, deputies responded to the residence after receiving reports of a poissible burglary. Upon arrival they discovered a broken window and blood drops on the floor and bathroom sink.
Through their investigation, deputies spoke with the three female teenagers who claimed 34-year-old Jared Michael Thomas, father to two of the girls, dropped them off at the unrelated female victim’s home. Thomas followed the girls inside the home but then left to pick up alcohol from a local store and later returned. That’s when the unrelated victim says Thomas jumped on the bed with all three girls and grabbed her buttocks. The victim says Thomas poured some alcohol into a McDonald’s cup and handed to her to drink, which she only took a few sips.Jared continued to touch the victim’s buttocks but eventually told his daughters that it was time to leave. Due to Thomas’ drinking, neither of his daughters wanted to drive home with their father. That’s when he became enraged and chased his daughters around the car before they ran back inside and locked Thomas out. Now even more furious, Thomas broke a window and gained entry into the residence. Thomas then located his daughters hiding in closet and proceeded to grab them and drag them to the car. Thomas drove off but when he reached a stop sign, the girls jumped out and ran away.
The unrelated victim also alleged that Thomas whispered in her ear that he was “Going to F**k her.” He again yelled the same thing through a sliding glass door as he was trying to break into the home.
We spoke to Jason Sager who says he took over coaching a basketball team the girls play on together that Thomas used to coach before the incident. Sager says he and his wife have been helping the girl who is “going through a rough time at home.”
After a month since the incident occurred, Thomas was finally booked into the Hernando County Jail on Sunday and charged with 2-counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. He posted a $2,000 bond later the same day.
We tried reaching out to the Church for comment but they have not returned our calls.
It is not known if Thomas will face additional charges or if he is still employed as a youth pastor.
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