Ex-Eugene church leader faces new sex abuse charges

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A warrant was issued for the arrest of Edward Samuel Thompson last month

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A former Eugene church music ministry leader charged in a federal child pornography case is facing new charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of a child.

The Register-Guard reports a warrant was issued last month for the arrest of Edward Samuel Thompson in the new Eugene police case.

He is currently in a federal correctional institution awaiting trial in the child pornography case. He will be brought to Eugene later this week and arraigned on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse in Lane County Circuit Court.

An arrest warrant affidavit says the alleged abuse happened between 2012 and 2018. Documents say during the 2018 investigation federal case, investigators learned Thompson, who worked at Christ Fellowship Church, had regularly babysat a child.

The affidavit says in July the girl told a counselor that she had been abused by Thompson.

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