Bond set for Nuwaubian woman
Union-Recorder/May 29, 2002
By Payton Towns III
Eatonton -- One of three Nuwaubian women charged with sexual
molestation had her bond set Tuesday morning during a hearing in
front of an Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Supreme Court judge.
Officials said Istiyr Cole remained in the Putnam County Jail
on Tuesday afternoon after her bond was set at $2,500 by Chief
Judge William A. Prior Jr. Cole was indicted on one count of child
molestation and was arrested May 16.
Kadijah Merritt, charged with two counts of aggravated child
molestation and two counts of child molestation, and Chandra
Lampkin, charged with three counts of aggravated child molestation
and two counts of child molestation, were denied bond, officials
Merritt and Lampkin were arrested around 3 p.m. May 21 when
they turned themselves in at the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.
Both women, along with Cole, were indicted May 13 by a Putnam
County grand jury.
Dwight D. York, known as Malaki Z. York, and Kathy Johnson were
also indicted on charges by the grand jury. York was indicted on
116 counts of child molestation and aggravated child molestation
and other sexual offense for molesting five victims - young girls
and boys - from 1993 to 2001 at the Nuwaubian compound in Putnam
York was indicted on 74 counts of child molestation, 29 counts
of aggravated child molestation, five counts of enticing a child
for indecent purposes, four counts of statutory rape, two counts
of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of rape and one count
of influencing a witness.
Johnson was indicted on four counts of child molestation and
one count of aggravated child molestation.
York and Johnson are being held in federal custody. York was
denied bond in federal court May 14, but Johnson received a
$75,000 bond, which has yet to be posted. As soon or if she does
pay bond, Johnson will be brought to the Putnam County Sheriff's
Office, said Sheriff Howard Sills.
The five - York, Johnson and the three women - are facing, if
convicted, 30 years on each count of aggravated child molestation
and 20 years on each count of child molestation. The four females
are charged with participating with York in the sexual activity at
the time of the occurrences.