McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Geeding has filed child molestation charges against Granby-area pastor George Otis Johnston, 63, according to McDonald County Circuit Court records.
The charge is the latest in a series filed against members of the Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church in Washburn and Johnston's Grandview Independent Baptist Church North in connection with alleged sexual church rituals with children.
Johnston's nephew, Rev. Raymond Lambert, 51, Lambert's wife Patty, 49, and her brothers (and Lambert's stepbrothers) Paul Epling, 53, and Tom Epling, 51, all face various charges involving sex with children.
According to court records, Johnston, who also faces statutory sodomy charges in Newton County, allegedly molested a child on April 15, 2004. Bond was set at $50,000.