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Former Fairfax minister arrested for molesting children

A Kentucky man who formerly was pastor of a Fairfax County church in the 1990s has been arrested by Fairfax police for allegedly molesting two boys in the mid-1990s, Fairfax police said Thursday.

Shelton. (Fairfax Police)

Tommy Shelton, 64, was the pastor of Community Church of God at 2500 Gallows Rd. in the Dunn Loring area, from 1995 to 2000, police said.

In 2008, two men approached Fairfax police and reported that they had been sexually assaulted by Shelton. One man said he had been molested when he was 12 to 14 years old, and the other man said he was 8 to 9 years old when he was molested, police said.

There is no statute of limitations on such crimes in Virginia.

Police obtained warrants in February charging Shelton with two counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of indecent liberties with a minor, and sodomy. Shelton, who now lives in Marion, Ky., surrendered Tuesday to Fairfax police, and was being held in the Fairfax jail Thursday in lieu of $80,000 bond.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  March 18, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Sex Crimes , Tom Jackman  
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Christians are such good people...especially the ministers and priests. Bwaaaahaaaaaa

Posted by: checkered1 | March 18, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing how so many people true colors are being brought to the light...people trust no one and protect your kids...what does a child molester look like? Good question..

Posted by: shadon1 | March 18, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Prev Poster Question: "What does a child molester look like?"

Answer: A preist with a bad toupee.

Wonder why he left the congregation back in 2000? Retirement at 54? Seems fishy. Someone should look into that church and see what they knew.

Posted by: BriBonano | March 18, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Parents who leave their kids alone with a clergy member, for even a moment, should be prosecuted.

Posted by: kenk3 | March 18, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

God is good.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 19, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

These parents should be held criminally negligent. Where were they when this animal was assaulting and wreaking havoc on their children's lives? Probably stupidly devoted Christians.

Posted by: jabreal00 | March 19, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

This man's history with being a pedophile goes back almost 30 years. He has been protected by the 'church'. Look at the following website if you don't believe me! It's all true and I'm glad it's come out!

Posted by: summers_haven82 | March 19, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I know this man. My first wife was a student at Ezra Christian School in West Frankfort, IL where Tommy Shelton was pastor. She went to school with boys that he molested in the late 70's and early 80's. Their own parents wouldn't believe the boys, believing that Tommy was a "man of God" and incapable of the things that he was accused of.

This is a sick man who finally has been caught and hopefully will go to prison for the rest of his life.

Posted by: playtrombone | March 22, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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