January 06, 2005

Former Youth Minister Charged With Sex Abuse


POSTED: 6:19 am EST January 6, 2005

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Authorities say a former youth minister in Darlington has been charged with sexual abuse of a girl who was a member of his church.

The Horry County Police Department charged 34-year-old Richard N. Johnson with lewd act on a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

His wife, 27-year-old Natalie Johnson, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The couple was arrested Wednesday.

Authorities say the incident occured while the girl was on vacation with the couple in Myrtle Beach in November 2001.

Posted by kshaw at January 6, 2005 07:23 AM