Former Smithville pastor sentenced to 10 years’ probation for child sex abuse

Watertown Daily Times
May 27, 2015

WATERTOWN — The former pastor of Smithville Baptist Church was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to 10 years’ probation supervision for having sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl in 2008.

Thomas W. Wilson, 63, of 20560 Weaver Road, was also ordered to register with the state as a Level 1 sex offender after pleading guilty March 24 to first-degree sexual abuse.

He had been charged in January with having sexual contact with the youth July 6, 2008, in Sackets Harbor. State police said at the time of Mr. Wilson’s arrest that the incident occurred behind the Lake Ontario Playhouse in Sackets Harbor.

Mr. Wilson, who served at the Smithville church for about 18 years, has resigned as pastor.


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