Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Pastor Johnnie Winnell pleaded guilty

Methodist pastor Johnnie Winnell pleaded guilty to charges that he abused a young girl.
He groped a girl three times while she was sleeping at his home in Elkview, according to investigators. 
Investigators say the abuse happened during several years. 
Winnell was the pastor of the United Methodist Gospel Church on Charleston's west side. He also worked in the transportation department for Kanawha County Schools. 
Source: Charleston Pastor Faces Prison Time in Sexual Abuse Case
Winnell originally confessed to the crime and then pleaded not guilty when arraigned in August 2013. He faces five years in prison.

I'm classifying this case as child molestation.