Ga. Religious Sect Founder Pleads Guilty
The Associated Press/January 24, 2003
Macon, GA -- The founder of a religious sect in central Georgia
admitted in federal court Thursday to having sex with children in
the group and pleaded guilty to two charges.
If the court accepts a plea agreement, Malachi York will serve
15 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised
release. Sentencing has not been scheduled.
York allegedly transported minors across state lines for sex
after the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors settled in rural Putnam
County. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful transport of
minors for the purpose of engaging in sex acts and a count of
trying to evade financial reporting requirements.
York is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday on state charges, but
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Moultrie Jr. said Thursday that
York has reached a similar plea deal with Georgia. A hearing in
the state's case has been set for Friday.