McDonald County Circuit Court Judge John LePage issued a full protection order designed to keep Granby-area minister George Otis Johnston away from a 17-year-old relative, who is now living in Anderson.
Johnston's arraignment on eight felony counts of statutory sodomy is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Newton County Circuit Court. Johnston is the pastor of the Grandview Valley Baptist Church North.
His lawyer, Andrew Patrick Wood of Neosho, made an oral motion today to set aside the protection order. A hearing on that motion is scheduled for Sept. 18.
Johnston is reportedly the uncle of Raymond Lambert, pastor of the Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church in the Washburn area of McDonald County. Lambert, his wife Patty, and her brothers (and his stepbrothers) Paul and Tom Epling, are charged with numerous felony sex crimes, purportedly involving ritual sex with children. The investigation into Johnston's activities began as a result of that investigation, according to Newton and McDonald County officials.