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Sex charges dropped against Dunn pastor on technicality

Posted March 8, 2013

— A judge has dismissed sexual misconduct charges against the pastor of a Harnett County church because of mistakes in how he was arrested, authorities said Friday.

Paul Burke Johnson, 76, who is pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Dunn, was arrested in March 2011 on four counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. Authorities said the charges stemmed from inappropriate contact between Johnson and a woman in a nursing home.

District Court Judge Resson Faircloth threw out the charges last month because Johnson's arrest wasn't valid under state law, authorities said.

The law requires that, because the officer didn't witness the alleged offense, a magistrate must issue an arrest warrant for misdemeanor charges before Johnson could be arrested.

Johnson was arrested without a warrant, authorities said.

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  • FragmentFour Mar 11, 2013

    It does work out better if arrests are made using the proper procedure, yes, it does.

  • bigboybo Mar 11, 2013

    Please do not base the actions of one to all christains. Faith comes by hearing the Word and were are going to hear it at? Read God's Word, Hebrews chapter 10 verse 25

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 11, 2013

    "If he was innocent, he'd stand and fight the charge, not celebrate that someone made a mistake in his arrest." - JAT


    Are you crazy?! You never, ever want to go before a jury if you can get the charges dismissed. Guilty or innocent, you can't predict what they will do. The DA will put on a show, and do and say anything, true or not, to get you convicted. The very fact that you were charged with something makes most of them initially believe you are guilty.

  • lwe1967 Mar 8, 2013

    I must say this in all honesty. It is not always the Catholic Priests or the Episcopal Priests.

  • welfarequeen Mar 8, 2013

    He admitted his crimes back when he was arrested. "fully admitted his involvement in the incidents".

    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/9341683/

    This is why I would never take my children to church. Hypocrites of the highest order.

  • welfarequeen Mar 8, 2013

    This man of the church is exactly why many people turn away from religion.

  • carrboroyouth Mar 8, 2013

    Yikes... hope he was innocent...

  • Uhavenoclu Mar 8, 2013

    Ever thought about maybe he is innocent. I know him and no one except God will make me think he is quilty.

    God is not some old man with a 40 mile long beard sitting on a throne deciding who has it good and who has it bad and does not punish...God is one,God said believe in only ONE god,you say there is an evil god that is believing in TWO gODS..
    The creative god force has no limits and put no limits on us MANKIND Put limits on us,look around people animals go to heaven??,they kill they have sex in public,they stealk,but does god punish them?

  • JohnnyVoodoo Mar 8, 2013

    Ever thought about maybe he is innocent. I know him and no one except God will make me think he is quilty.

    puzzled.............Ever thought that maybe he's guilty? Just because you know him doesn't mean he's incapable of committing a crime. Is it at least valid to say that even good people can do bad things? And, as I said in my post...IF he is that type of person, he'll surely do it again. If that happens to be the case, please come back so we can continue this conversation.

  • JAT Mar 8, 2013

    Pathetic. If he was innocent, he'd stand and fight the charge, not celebrate that someone made a mistake in his arrest. Very sad that our justice system will let someone who may be a predator or a criminal out on something like this.

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