Pastor Accused of Child Abuse

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Wednesday, November 22 2006 Nov 22, 2006 Wednesday, November 22, 2006 8:43:22 PM CST November 22, 2006 in News
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PINEVILLE - A southwest Missouri pastor accused of sexually abusing 2 sisters who once belonged to his church has been arraigned in the case involving the older girl. George Johnston, 63, faces 10 felony counts for alleged incidents involving a 20-year-old woman when she was between the ages of 11 and 15. Johnston, pastor of Grandview Valley Baptist Church North in Newton County, also faces 8 felony counts of sexually abusing the girl's 17-year-old sister beginning when she was eight. Johnston has pleaded not guilty. A Feb. 26 trial date is set in Newton County in the case of the younger girl. Johnston also has ties to a McDonald County church where the pastor, pastor's wife, two deacons and one deacon's wife are charged with child sexual abuse and child endangerment.

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