WOODSTOCK – The former pastor of the Toms Brook United Methodist Church who has been accused of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13 was released on bond from custody Thursday.
Stanley Alvin Thompson, 62, was granted a $15,000 secured bond by Judge Chad Logan in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Thompson was ordered to reside with his wife in Blacksburg, be on home electronic monitoring, and have no contact with any children. He is allowed only to travel to Shenandoah County for court.
Woodstock police arrested Thompson on March 25 on a charge of aggravated sexual battery of a victim less than 13 years. He was incarcerated in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail in Warren County.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, Thompson was in a Woodstock residence when he started tickling an 8-year-old child and then allegedly touched the victim in a private area over clothes. Thompson had been seen in September tickling the child and had placed his hand down the back of the child's pants, the complaint states.
Thompson had been told previously by the child and a family member to stop tickling the child, the complaint states.
During the hearing for a bond, several members of the church testified that any behavior related to the allegations is out of character for Thompson.
One woman testified that Thompson is a man of integrity and had never done or said anything wrong in his time with the church. Thompson had served at the church for about 5 1/2 years prior to his resignation on March 18.
Through questions from Shenandoah County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Layton, the Woodstock police investigator assigned to the case revealed that a second alleged incident involving Thompson placing his hands on the buttocks over clothes of a child is being investigated.
The local police department where Thompson was previously a pastor at, Crenshaw United Methodist Church in Blackstone, had received complaints about him, the investigator also revealed. But Thompson has no criminal record, Layton said in court.
Thompson was living at the Toms Brook UMC Church parsonage before moving out of it after his resignation and was at an Edinburg address at the time of his arrest, according to testimony in court.
Thompson, who is represented by attorney William Bassler, of Winchester, is due in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court at 10 a.m. July 15 for a preliminary hearing.