Nuwaubian denied bond in Putnam County
Macon Telegraph/August 24, 2002
By Rob Peecher
Eatonton -- Kathy Johnson, the woman accused with Nuwaubian
leader Malachi York of numerous counts of child molestation, was
denied bond Friday in Putnam County Superior Court.
During the five-hour bond hearing, several members of the
United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a black separatist group with a
476-acre village in Putnam County, testified about Johnson's
character. Among them were two medical doctors associated with the
group, a Macon police officer and a Monticello police officer.
A Putnam County grand jury named Johnson, 33, and three other
women in a 116-count indictment accusing them of molesting
children with York. Followers refer to Johnson as York's "main
She also is indicted with York on federal charges of
transporting minors across state lines for the purpose of having
sex with them.
Johnson is in federal custody. A federal magistrate judge has
set a $75,000 bond for her release. Attorney Brian Steele of
Atlanta told Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge
William Prior she could make the federal bond but wanted to know
first if bond would be set in the state case.
District Attorney Fred Bright opposed bond and called Putnam
County Sheriff Howard Sills and Putnam sheriff's detective Tracey
Bowen to testify about the charges against Johnson. Bowen
testified some of the alleged victims in the case have tested
positive for sexually transmitted diseases, and at least three
children - two girls and a boy - allege that Johnson participated
with York in the sexual abuse against them.