Cult leader, molester to learn fate in
Athens Banner-Herald/March 27, 2004
By Joe Johnson
Sentencing for convicted child molester and cult leader Dwight
''Malachi'' York that was supposed to have taken place Friday in
federal court in Macon has been rescheduled for May 18, U.S.
Department of Justice Spokeswoman Pamela Lightsey said.
The reason for the change is because a motion has been filed to
have Athens attorney Adrian Patrick removed as York's attorney. A
hearing on that motion is set for 10 a.m. May 14, Lightsey said.
An additional hearing is scheduled for May 19, at which time a
determination will be made how much financial restitution York
owes the government because of tax fraud.
York, the 58-year-old leader of the quasi-religious United
Nuwaubian Nation of Moors sect, was convicted of molesting
children at the group's Putnam County compound as well as at his
A jury in U.S. District Court in Brunswick on Jan. 23 found
York guilty of conspiracy, racketeering, conspiracy to transport
minors for unlawful sex, two counts of transporting minors for
unlawful sex, traveling interstate to engage in unlawful sex and
three charges of structuring cash transactions to avoid reporting
Although pre-trial proceedings had been held in Macon, the
trial was moved to Brunswick due to defense claims of unfair
pre-trial publicity. Prosecutors have said York will likely get
between 20 and 30 years in prison. He still faces 77 state charges
of child molestation, to which he pleaded guilty as part of a plea
agreement a year ago.