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Deacon charged with sex assaults

A deacon at New Mickle Baptist Church on South 4th Street has been charged with sexually assaulting two children over the weekend, authorities said.

Lawrence Johnson Jr., 29, also admitted fondling other youngsters, Camden County Prosecutor Vincent P. Sarubbi said. It's unclear how many other victims there may be, but police are continuing to investigate.

Johnson was charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of attempted sexual assault, Sarubbi said.  He was sent to the Camden County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Johnson, who lives in Camden, was serving as a chaperone for a church-sponsored sleepover Friday night when he fondled two boys, ages 10 and 12, Sarubbi said. The assaults happened in the church, Sarubbi said.

The boys told church staff about the incident, said the Rev. Melvin N. Allen, the church's pastor.

Source: Courier-Post


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