Youth Pastor Andrew L. Thomas pleaded not guilty to five counts sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old boy. Thomas was arrested in March. The case is scary and involves child pornography.
While police interviewed the victim, they learned that Thomas may have images of other minor boys on DVDs and on his laptop computer.
The Vermilion County sheriff's office seized Thomas' computer and asked the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to assist in the investigation after pornographic images of minors were found on the computer.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson described an elaborate scheme involving social networking sites, e-mails, cell phones and instant messaging allegedly used by Thomas to entice the boys to send him pornographic images of themselves.
Pastor Thomas worked at the Rossville Church of Christ.