January 15, 2005

Pastor insists he is innocent after arrest in child sex case


Saturday, January 15, 2005

By Robyn Adams

WATERBURY -- The Rev. W. James Johnson said Friday he is confident justice will prevail and he will be vindicated of charges he sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl in Torrington.

Johnson, 48, was arrested Wednesday night by Torrington police and charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault and one count of risk of injury to a minor with sexual contact. The alleged incident occurred May 14, police said.

He was held in police lockup overnight on $200,000 bond and arraigned Thursday morning at Bantam Superior Court. He made bond late Thursday.

The case was transferred to Litchfield Superior Court. He is due back in court April 28.

Johnson, a minister for 20 years, was back at his church, Community Tabernacle Outreach Center, 12 Hewlett St., Friday morning. Sitting in his church office with deacon Deja Dennis and Vernon Austin, a deacon in training, at his side, Johnson said he wanted to comment on the accusations but with limitations on the advice of legal counsel.

Posted by kshaw at January 15, 2005 09:22 AM