A 17-year-old family member of fugitive minister George Otis Johnston has asked for and received an ex parte order of protection. A hearing to determine whether a full protection order will be granted is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, before Judge John LePage in McDonald County Circuit Court.
Johnston faces eight counts of statutory sodomy in Newton County in connection with alleged ritual sex crimes committed while he was serving as pastor of an independent Baptist Church located in a compound near Granby. Johnston is reportedly an uncle to Raymond Lambert, the Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church minister who faces similar charges in McDonald County.
The charges against both ministers, as well as Lambert's wife, Patty Lambert, and her brothers (and Lambert's stepbrothers) Tom and Paul Epling, involve sex with children, and law enforcement officials have also indicated that these ritual sex practices include incest.
Newton County officials filed the charges against Johnston Tuesday and have issued a warrant for his arrest. His bond is set at $50,000.
Johnston and his family members and followers moved to their present location, a compound covered with trailers, a couple of years ago, paying for the property with money they received from selling land they owned in Newtonia to the Newtonia Battlefield Protection Association.