York's wife pleads guilty
Athens Banner-Herald/April 1, 2003
By Stephen Gurr
The wife of convicted child molester and cult leader Dwight
''Malachi'' York pleaded guilty to a felony charge Tuesday in
Kathy Johnson, 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in
Macon to misprision of a felony.
Misprision of a felony means ''she knew a felony was taking
place and she didn't do anything about it,'' said U.S. Attorney
spokeswoman Pam Lightsey.
Johnson, along with York, had originally been charged with
crossing state lines for the purposes of sex with a minor. As part
of the plea agreement, that charge was dropped in exchange for
Johnson's admission that she knew the offense was taking place.
Authorities said York and Johnson took children from the
group's Putnam County compound to Walt Disney World in Orlando,
Fla., where they engaged in sex acts with the minors.
Johnson faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison when
she is sentenced by Judge Hugh Lawson in about two months. She
remains free on a $75,000 bail.
Johnson still faces state charges involving the molestation of
a number of young victims after being indicted last year in Putnam
County Superior Court. That case has not yet gone to trial.
York, a self-styled messiah of the quasi-religious United
Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, admitted in November to molesting at
least 13 young boys and girls at his group's Eatonton compound. In
exchange for the guilty plea, York was given a state-recommended
sentence of 14 years in prison, to run concurrently with his