UPDATED AT 2:00PM, FEBRUARY 12, 2020
We received word on the afternoon of February 10, 2020 from the Mesquite Police Department that Jason Thomas, Associate Minister of Worship, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child. His employment at VRBC, which began in September 2005, has been terminated effective immediately.
The Mesquite Police have informed us that the charge relates to events prior to Jason’s employment at VRBC. His background checks did not show any arrests, convictions, or allegations. Neither we nor the police are aware of any victims who are current or former members or attenders of VRBC or the Valley Ranch Baptist Weekday Preschool.
We are cooperating fully with the Mesquite Police Department in their investigation. If you have any information that could be helpful to the police in this matter, we encourage you to contact the Mesquite Police Department directly at 972-329-8303.
Our church is committed to the safety of our congregation and community – especially our children.
Like you, our hearts are breaking for everyone involved in this situation. Please be in prayer.
Pastor Larry Parsley and the Church Council