Trial continued for ex-minister facing sex charges


A Hinds County Circuit Court judge granted a request Monday to delay the trial of a former Clinton High School choir director and music minister accused of sex crimes.

John Langworthy was the music minister at Morrison Heights Baptist Church before his arrest in September 2011. He is facing an eight-count indictment charging him with sexually molesting five boys ages 10-13 at various locations between 1980-1984, authorities said.

Clinton police charged Langworthy with two counts of gratification of lust and Jackson police filed six charges, authorities said.

Langworthy’s trial was set to begin Monday in Hinds County Circuit Court, but was continued after “prolonged negotiations” fell through, said Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride.

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