Former church camp leader Thomas Duncan pleads guilty to sexual abuse charge

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A former Appalachian Bible College youth camp leader has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse by a custodian.

Sixty-one-year-old Thomas Duncan was indicted in 2004 on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and three counts of sexual abuse by a custodian. The allegations involved the inappropriate touching of girls between the ages of 8 and 12 while Duncan was working with ABC’s Alpine Bible Camp.

He was fired after college officials were made aware of the allegations.

Duncan failed to appear at his 2006 trial and eluded authorities for more than a year before being arrested during a Mississippi traffic stop.

Duncan entered his plea last week in Raleigh County Circuit Court. He faces 10 to 20 years in prison when sentenced on April 28.