January 14, 2005

Waterbury pastor charged with sexually assaulting 5-year-old girl


January 14, 2005, 2:05 AM EST

TORRINGTON, Conn. -- Local detectives have charged a Waterbury pastor with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl last year.

The Rev. W. James Johnson was arrested Wednesday night in Waterbury and arraigned Thursday in Bantam Superior Court on charges of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He was held on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Litchfield Superior Court on April 28.

The alleged incident occurred May 18. Details of what happened were not released; Johnson's arrest warrant affidavit was ordered sealed Thursday by Judge Charles Gill.

Johnson, 48, is associated with the Community Tabernacle Outreach Center, a Pentecostal church in Waterbury, the Republican-American of Waterbury reported Friday.

Police declined to comment on how Johnson came into contact with the alleged victim, citing concerns about the victim's identity.

Posted by kshaw at January 14, 2005 02:06 AM