Minister Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

By Kimberly Dick
Charlotte Observer
August 24 2010

William Johnny Cabe Handout From York County Sheriff'S Office

ROCK HILL The Rev. Johnny William "Bill" Cabe, a Rock Hill minister, was arrested today after a police investigation into an inappropriate relationship with a child.

Cabe, 50, of York was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, committing lewd act on a child under 16 and unlawfully practicing medicine, said Lt. Mike Baker of the York County Sheriff's Office. He was released from jail Tuesday afternoon on $12,000 bond.

The charges stem from a July 29 allegation by a now 11-year-old boy, who claimed Cabe, a pastor at of Riverside Baptist Church in Rock Hill, touched him inappropriately, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

"The charges are based on allegations over a period of time of sexual conduct between an adult and child," Baker said.

The incidents happened between December 2008 and June, according to sheriff's office documents. Cabe watched the boy while his caretaker was working or in school, the report states.

The unlawfully practicing medicine charge stems from performing an examination of the child's genitals, diagnosing a physical ailment and prescribing a treatment, according to an arrest warrant. Baker declined to provide further details.

“We don’t see the charge often in York County,” Baker said.

The contributing to the delinquency charge is based on allegations that Cabe provided communication device -- a sim card -- to continue contact with the 11-year-old victim after his caretaker cut off communication between the them, Baker said.

Cabe has a criminal history that includes past allegations of touching children.

Cabe was sentenced to nine years in Federal prison in 2001 after being found guilty of 26 charges related to bilking religious investors out of millions of dollars. Prosecutors argued during Cabe's trial that he promised investors a return of as much as 500 percent on $8.5 million in investments in 1998 in an international high-yield investment scheme called HisWay International Ministries.

Previous misdemeanor charges of practicing medicine without a license charges against Cabe stem from allegations from two teenage boys in the late 1990s. The boys claim he performed hernia-like checks on. Those charges were dismissed, according to a State Law Enforcement Division background check. He was convicted of assault in 1989 in connection with a confrontation with a church member.

Cabe was booked around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Moss Justice Center. He turned himself in this morning.

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