A former pastor of a Toms Brook church was arrested Thursday on a sexual assault charge.
Stanley Alvin Thompson, 63, of 168 Cliffside Drive, Edinburg, was charged with aggravated sexual battery of a victim less than 13 years old. He is being held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail and due in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Thursday.
Thompson was appointed the pastor of the Toms Brook United Methodist Church, 3263 S. Main St., Toms Brook, at the 2015 Virginia Annual Conference. He resigned from the church on March 18, according to Paul Steidler, a spokesperson for the church.
“Toms Brook UMC is fully cooperating with law enforcement on this important matter,” Steidler said in an emailed statement. “The church urges anyone with knowledge about this situation to immediately contact law enforcement. Our fervent prayers are with the child and the child’s family.”
The clerk’s office at the Shenandoah County General District Court said Thompson appeared in that court on Friday because Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court was not in session. He was appointed an attorney through the Public Defender's Office on Friday.
A cover sheet of the warrant for Thompson’s arrest that was available through the clerk’s office was completed by an investigator with the Woodstock Police Department.
Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley told the Northern Virginia Daily by phone on Friday that he could not provide details of the allegations leading to the arrest because there is still an active investigation underway. The cover sheet states the alleged incident occurred on or about Oct. 16.
Thompson served at Crenshaw United Methodist Church in Blackstone prior to joining the Toms Brook church in 2015, according to a Northern Virginia Daily news story.