LAWMEN: Eastern Carolina Youth Minister Caught In Underage Sex Sting

An Eastern Carolina youth minister is in jail after deputies say he tried to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex. Lawmen say that person turned out to be an undercover Guilford County sheriff's deputy.

Thomas Elliott, from the Sampson County community of Roseboro, is charged with solicitation of a child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act and attempted indecent liberties with a minor.

Deputies say Elliott, who is a youth pastor at the Autryville Baptist Church, had been communicating with the undercover deputy for approximately a month over the internet.

Lawmen say the 40-year-old Elliott was arrested Thursday after making the trip to Greensboro and jailed on a $25,000 bond.


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  • by To Anonymous Location: @ 2:00 pm on Nov 16, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    Prove it if you are so confident in your stupid statement!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 at 11:00 AM
    Christians are the most hypocritical!!!!
  • by Deborah Location: greenville on Nov 9, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    We need stronger penalties and mandatory prison for these creeps. Who knows how many children he has already abused..the damage form even one incident lasts a lifetime. Greensboro PD: keep up the good work!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    A couple of these comments acting like he was entrapped wrongly are so stupid I have to call you out on them. Law enforcement does it that way to protect our children. He knew he was after jailbait, he wouldn't have wanted if it was old enough to be legal. By catching him in a "sting" type situation they have SAVED countless other young girls from his sick desires. He surely would keep trying different young girls until he died of old age, if that is his thing. It's not entrapment, it's a pervert being caught before he can do any MORE damage to young teens. This is probably not his first time, but we can hope it was. No sympathy for molesters! Not from me!
  • by Dixiegirl929 on Oct 26, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    Amen to coolchange....i guess he took his pick...JAIL. But most pedophiles/sex predators seem to take these sort of jobs...so they are in constant contact with children. So you do have to keep a close watch on these folks. I don't trust anybody!
  • by coolchange Location: Kinston on Oct 25, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    Let's see if I have this straight. He was a youth minister looking for sex on the internet. He starting talking about sex with someone who identified themself as a 14 year old girl. He set up a meeting with this person who identified themself as a 14 year old girl. He drove to Greensboro with the intent to meet this person who identified themself as a 14 year old girl. And there are actually people who wish to get on this thread and take up for him? Are you kidding me? This person has been entrusted to take care of our children and show them the proper way a Christian lives. He is a representative of his church, and of his congregation. Hopefully they will send him away for a few years and make him register as a sexual predator for the rest of his life. I am glad they perform these sting operations, and I am glad this representative of the church was caught. I hope he was not able to touch a single child before he was caught.
  • by carolinagirl965 on Oct 24, 2010 at 07:38 PM
    Last I heard, churches were for sinners. So are jails...take your pick.
  • by Dixiegirl929 on Oct 24, 2010 at 07:37 PM
    Posted by: To: Dixiegirl929 on Oct 23, 2010 at 12:49 AM So... Mr. Agnostic is a District Attorney? LOL... I guess you are being funny or you must be a DA too.
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Oct 24, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    Thanks Wolfgang, took the words right out of my mouth. Let's see if ABC, FOX, CNN, HLN and all the other do stories on this
  • by Citizen on Oct 24, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    To Justice: Your comments are arrogant and sinister. What if it was your daughter? People who depend pedophiles scare me.
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