Pastor of Smithville Baptist Church charged with sexually abusing 9-year-old girl

Watertown Daily Times


WATERTOWN — The pastor of the Smithville Baptist Church has been accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl in 2008.

State police charged the Rev. Thomas W. Wilson, 63, senior pastor of the Smithville Baptist Church, with single counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.

Police said Wilson had sexual contact with the girl in the spring or summer of 2008 behind the Lake Ontario Playhouse in the village of Sackets Harbor. He is accused of touching the girl inappropriately, police said.

Trooper Jack L. Keller, public information officer for Troop D in Oneida, said Wilson, of 20560 Weaver Road, was arrested at the Watertown state police station Monday morning after a lengthy investigation.

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