Saturday, October 08, 2005


Camden deacon indicted on molestation charges

Camden, New Jersey - A Camden church deacon has been indicted by a Camden County grand jury on charges that he molested five children under the age of 13, authorities said yesterday.

Lawrence Johnson Jr., 30, is accused of molesting two boys during a sleepover last Oct. 29 at the New Mickle Baptist Church in Camden. After the boys reported the assault to their parents and the church pastor, an investigation uncovered three additional victims, ages 2 to 10, who were allegedly assaulted on various dates between 1998 and 2004, authorities said.

Johnson was indicted Wednesday on eight counts of sexual assault, three counts of attempted sexual assault, and five counts of endangering the welfare of children. He was being held on $100,000 bail at the Camden County jail.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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