Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Wiccan "Pastor" accused of rape

I don't know what to call the guy. Is he a Wiccan priest, a Wiccan pastor, or just an accused rapist.  Joseph Scott Craig has some explaining to do. His wife, Joy Johnson, stands accused of aiding and abetting. Mrs. Johnson is a minor Democratic party worker. She's a third vice-chairwoman of the Durham County Democratic Party. In an election year, this is big news. Those crazy Wiccan democrats!

Joy Johnson, 30, a third vice-chairwoman of the Durham County Democratic Party and vice chairwoman of the Young Democrats, was charged Friday with two counts of aiding and abetting.

Her husband, Joseph Scott Craig, 25, was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon for an incident in January and another in May.

Source: newsobserver.com | Durham Democratic Party official accused in rituals

The local assistant district attorney, Mark McCullough, confused the Johnson's Wiccan activity with Satanism. He asked for their bond to be increased because of the "...allegations are that Satanic worship is part of this case." I can just see the angry Wiccan hordes descending on Durham county in protest.

The allegation sound like something people pay good money for at a whore house. Well, maybe not the withholding food part anyway. I would be pissed it I paid $500 to be debased in a Wiccan domination ritual (is there such a thing?) and did not get a good steak out of the deal.

Allegations that a local Democratic official and her husband were involved in Satanic rituals that included shackling people to beds, caging them and depriving them of food and water have horrified county party leaders.

I checked their website. The services offered do not include rape, bondage, or caging,  You can buy oils and candles, herbal tea ,and spiritual attunement (at $55 per hour). My spider sense tells me rape charges will be dropped when people figure out that the victims where paying customers looking for a spiritual tune up.

Wonkette has a cute post on this story.

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marlowe said...

Ok, the prosecution is ignorant (and intolerant - again we get to hear that non-christians are immoral), but the Judge did not, in fact, increase the bail.

The article doesn't say, but I presume the prosecution would not bring charges unless they had a victim.

But what gets me is that you decided they must be innocent because they didn't advertise that they're rapists on their website?

Mojoey said...

I don't think the are innocent. I think it is unlike it will go to trial because the victim most likely paid for the pastors services. They will claim it was consensual sex, perhaps even a form of prostitution. The DA will have a hard time proving otherwise.

marlowe said...

Like I said, I'd be amazed that charges would be filed at all without a victim. But ok, maybe the prosecutor really is that dumb.