Former church leader gets 125 years in prison for rape

The man has been in custody since August 2018.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 7:03 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2020 7:10 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A former music ministry leader at a local church was sentenced to 125 years in prison for rape on Tuesday.

Edward Thompson’s jury trial was held Nov. 3 through Nov. 10. The guilty verdict was unanimous.

Police said Thompson was convicted on four counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and five counts of first-degree sex abuse. These are Measure 11 charges, so Thompson is required to serve the entire sentence, excepting credit for time served.

Thompson has been in custody since August 2018 when he was accused of abusing a young girl he babysat. Court documents said the abuse happened between 2012 and 2018.

He had been involved with Christ Fellowship Church in Eugene. KEZI 9 News talked to a former church elder after his arrest who said the church had since closed and the pastor had retired.

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