Charges Facing Defendants
Macon Telegraph/October 26, 2002
By Rob Peecher
Nuwaubian leader Malachi York and the woman his followers refer
to as his "main wife" were arrested on federal warrants May 8 just
before sheriff's deputies and agents with the FBI raided the
Nuwaubian village. Within a week, York, Kathy Johnson and the
other defendants were indicted in a 116-count state indictment
alleging child sex crimes. Earlier this month, York and the other
defendants were re-indicted by the state.
The new indictment charges York with 120 counts of child
molestation, 50 counts of aggravated child molestation, 13 counts
of enticing a child for indecent purposes, one count of rape, two
counts of influencing a witness, two counts of sexual exploitation
of a minor and nine counts of statutory rape.
The new state indictment charges Johnson with 10 counts of
child molestation and two counts of aggravated child molestation.
Chandra Lampkin faces three counts of child molestation and two
counts of aggravated child molestation. Khadijah Merritt faces
eight counts of child molestation and three counts of aggravated
child molestation. Isityr Cole faces one count of child
molestation, and is the only defendant free on bond.
Federally, York faces four counts of transporting minors across
state lines for the purpose of sex. Johnson also is named in one
of those counts.