Police seize videotape
alleged to show sex with
Kirby / The Times
Posted on July 17, 2003
The Ringgold pastor arrested
Tuesday for allegedly exposing himself to children in a Bossier City
park over the past several months now also stands accused of having
sex with a girl to whom he is related and recording the acts on
Authorities filed the new charges Wednesday
against Eddie Thomas after finding a homemade videotape in the
40-year-old's residence in the 3400 block of Schuler Drive, city
spokesman Mark Natale said.
The tape seized following
Thomas' arrest Tuesday afternoon on a charge of indecent behavior
with a juvenile allegedly shows him engaged in sexual acts with a
female juvenile relative, Natale said. To protect the girl's
privacy, her age and relation to Thomas are not being released,
Wednesday, authorities added a charge of
indecent behavior with a juvenile and filed one count each of
aggravated incest and pornography involving a juvenile against
Thomas. The pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church in Ringgold remained
in the Bossier City Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.
allegedly matches the description of a man who exposed himself to
children in Mike Woods Park in south Bossier City on numerous
occasions, according to a lengthy investigation by the Police
Department's juvenile unit. Those reports were made as early as last
year, Natale said.
"The most recent report was from early
this past spring. And (the second indecent behavior charge) was from
August 2002. And that's about the time we began seeing some of these
cases evolve from Mike Woods Park. And I want to say there's been
about half a dozen reports made."
Thomas' neighbors said
they do not know him well and wondered about the police cars in
front of his residence late Tuesday night.
said Sharon Lowery, who lives across the street from Thomas. "You
just don't know what to expect from anybody anymore. I've lived here
since 1976, and we've never had anything like this happen in our
Thomas, who has lived across the street for a
little more than a year, always seemed polite when they spoke,
Lowery said. "I think his sister lives in the house, and I think he
lives with them."
Thomas has been pastor of the small church
on Pine Bluff Road just west of Ringgold for about a year.
"I really don't know anything about him," Ringgold Mayor Bob
Corley said. "I know the church is a few miles outside of town, but
I've never met him. ... I asked some of my employees if they knew
him, and all they knew is that he does not live here and he comes in
on Sunday and preaches."
Bienville Sheriff John Ballance
said he does not know of any similar allegations against Thomas in