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Police: Dunn pastor assaulted assisted living center patient

Posted March 28, 2011

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— The sexual misconduct charges against a Harnett County pastor involved a patient at an assisted living center in Benson, police said Monday.

Paul Burke Johnson, 74, the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Dunn, was charged Thursday with four counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

Benson Police Chief Kenneth Edwards said Johnson had visited patients at Liberty Commons Nursing Center, at 2315 N.C. Highway 242 North, for the past year and had several encounters with a 64-year-old woman there. The woman has a diminished mental capacity, Edwards said.

According to a statement released by police, Johnson had "repeated inappropriate sexual contact" with the woman and has "fully admitted his involvement in the incidents," which took place over the past four or five months.

A nurse at the facility witnessed an encounter between Johnson and the woman on Thursday and reported it to supervisors, who called police.

"At Liberty Commons, we take all allegations of potential abuse very seriously," administrator Jackie Livermore said in a statement.

liberty commons Allegations against Dunn pastor came from assisted living center

The alleged encounters didn't involve intercourse or any contact that would constitute a felony, Edwards said, so Johnson was charged with misdemeanors.

Johnson, who was released after posting a $20,000 bond, did not show up at church Sunday.

"Right now everybody is just confused, upset. Everybody is in tears," church member James Norris said. "It's a tough time for everybody."

Johnson is also on the Board of Ministers for the Campbell University Divinity School. University President Jerry Wallace said Sunday that he had heard of the allegations but wasn't prepared to comment on them.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in court May 6.

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  • Hammerhead Mar 29, 2011

    I would wager that my life is far more busy than yours, xoo. A few minutes on the internet doesn't define me.

  • Call It Like I See It Mar 29, 2011

    Hammerhead: if your idea of productivity is to re-read everyones post just so you can have a come back to them, as i saw you do at least 3 times then sadly I just can't compare to that. This will be my last comment on the "ARTICLE" not worldly issues, luckily I have a life outside of GOLO.

  • oldrwizr Mar 29, 2011

    Well, he certainly has the guts that Brad Cooper lacks. More at stake of course for the wife-strangler.

  • Call It Like I See It Mar 29, 2011

    muffinstarling: There was an entire broadcast on the news last night of everything he has admitted to do with and to that 64-yr old woman-he flat out admitted to quite a few things that happened. Sucks when you think you know someone....

  • RB-003 Mar 28, 2011

    muffinstarling - Reread the story.

    HE HAS ADMITTED THE SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS with a 64-year old woman with diminished mental capacity at the center.

    You've been duped, and I am so sorry because I know his actions will break the hearts and shake the faith of many.

  • RB-003 Mar 28, 2011

    "...and has "fully admitted his involvement in the incidents..."

    That's a different matter then, and the book should be thrown at him.

    For those of you who have stuck up for him before now, reread the updated story. HE HAS NOW "ADMITTED HIS INVOLVEMENT".

  • avjayce Mar 28, 2011

    what a coward!!! the latest new cast said that he stated that the woman was 'flirtatious'...how dare he try to place blame on the patient. Age 64 is not that advanced and if her mental capacity is so diminished that she can no longer live independently a man with mr. johnson's educational background can definitely tell. He knew exactly what he was doing...he preyed on someone who he thought would not recognize the activity as wrong and surely wouldn't report it!!! anyone who takes advantage of the mentally impaired no matter what their age is no better than a pedophile!!!!

  • QTC Mar 28, 2011

    Several asked: "Who "bashed Christianity?"

    In my posting (which is #4), I was referring to comments which were attached to the previous story on WRAL.COM. While I was writing, WRAL updated it to this version, which re-set the comment counter to Zero. Sorry for any confusion.

  • muffinstarling Mar 28, 2011

    WHAT YALL ARE SAYING IS ALL NOT TRUE!! I LIVE RIGHT BESIDE MR. PAUL. HE TAKES ME TO SCHOOL QUITE A BITE AND HE HAS NOT TOUCHED ME ONCE!SO ALL THESE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS SITUATION NEED TO STOP CAUSE THEY ARE ALL RUMORS. TO ME ITS SAID TO SEE THAT YALL BELIVE THAT THE NEWS REPORTS SAID THAT SHE WAS NOT MENTLY ALL THERE. AND WHAT EVER THAT NURSE SAW SHE SAW WRONG AND NEED TO BE KICKED OUT OF HER JOB FOR WRONGLY ACCUSING AND TEARING UP SOMEONES LIFE! HE IS A VERY CARING VERY GENTLE HUMAN BEING WHO WOULD NOT IN THE WRONG WAYS LAY A HAND ON NOBODY LIKE THAT! HE IS A AWSOME FRIEND HUSBAN AND FATHER TO HIS CHILDERN! HE IS A TRUE MAN OF GOD AND YALL NEED TO RECONIZE!!!

  • golfnrev Mar 28, 2011

    Numbers 32:23 "Be sure your sins will find you out".

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