New Albany pastor on trial for sex abuse

The Courier-Journal

Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal October 30, 2014

A teenage boy testified Wednesday that he waited two years to tell anyone that his pastor, Isrom Johnson, had sodomized him because he was worried about damaging his family’s relationship with the pastor and church community.

Three sexual encounters allegedly occurred between the now 18-year-old alleged victim and Johnson, 35, who at the time of the alleged abuse was pastor at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in New Albany, Indiana.

Johnson is charged with three counts of second-degree sodomy.

The teen was actively involved in the church community and had a good relationship with his pastor of eight years at the time of the alleged incidents. His mom was a deaconess, a sister sang in choir and his grandma ushered at the church.

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