34 mins. ago - Associate pastor charg...

34 mins. ago - Associate pastor charged with sexual assault

There are 26 comments on the Arkansas Online story from Oct 7, 2010, titled 34 mins. ago - Associate pastor charged with sexual assault. In it, Arkansas Online reports that:

The Paragould Daily Press reported Thursday that 26-year-old Ben Johnson faces two counts of third-degree sexual assault.

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Belasrius
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Since: Dec 09

United States

#1 Oct 7, 2010
Yikes....
ConcernedCitizen

Tulsa, OK

#2 Oct 7, 2010
I'd like to see the proof. Allegations hold no weight unless there is substantial evidence.
BullCrap

Dallas Center, IA

#3 Oct 7, 2010
Where's the evidence? Where's the part about her changing her story? Where's the part about her trying to contact him up until now when she changed her story? This is bull crap. No proof. No nothing.
huh

Trumann, AR

#4 Oct 7, 2010
Did they arrest him just on the word of this kid,or,was there actual evidence besides what she says about it?
Spoon Man

United States

#5 Oct 7, 2010
How old is the girl involved ?
just someone

United States

#6 Oct 7, 2010
If this is who what and where i'm thinking... I heard about something happening involving a young girl at a church... a very sickening unfortunate tragedy.. But the guy who did this was DEFINATELY not the associate pastor, i heard rumors started about this guy being some sort of leader at the church... but had nothing to do with the except just going there. The man is being sentenced to life in prison.. Again if this is who what and where i'm thinking about..
huh

Trumann, AR

#7 Oct 7, 2010
sentenced to LIFE???! for WHAT? hell,they don't even hardly sentence people to life for murder,anymore.I think you've heard some wrong stuff,sorry.
huh

Trumann, AR

#8 Oct 7, 2010
you ought to read the article.He's just been charged,does not say anything about a sentence at this point that I can see.
BenFriend

Spring Hill, KS

#9 Oct 8, 2010
I sincerely hope this is not true about Ben. I am a member of First United Methodist Church in Paragould and remember Ben as being an exceptional young man.

The timeline bothers me. It seems like he had already resigned in November and was gone by then. I may be wrong about the timing.

Obviously this needs to be fully investigated and for the truth to come out regardless of the outcome.

It's sad for everyone involved.
guest

United States

#10 Oct 8, 2010
doesnt mean he didnt have keys or a way in
Tuffy

United States

#11 Oct 8, 2010
I cant believe that would happen in a church. Church people are so much better than everyone else, right ?
BenFriend

Spring Hill, KS

#12 Oct 8, 2010
Tuffy wrote:
I cant believe that would happen in a church. Church people are so much better than everyone else, right ?
No, church is full of sinners. Church people make mistakes and on occasion do things they shouldn't like everybody else.

The most important thing at this point is that there is an allegation. Apparently, there is enough information to for Ben to be charged, but remember there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

Please, for the sake of our church and Ben, let's see how these events unfold and what the outcome of a trial (if it comes to that) is.
guest

Paragould, AR

#13 Oct 8, 2010
Tuffy, Alluding that "church people are so much better than everyone else" is very judgmental and offensive. This is an allegation! Sounds like some parents got mad and have pressed charges!

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#14 Oct 8, 2010
Its always just an "allegation" if one of them have been charged but if someone that does not go to church gets accused of something its Katy bar the door on that poor bastard, they will rip him to shreds with their rabid tongues.
Not to say this guy did anything but have seen it all before.
Tuffy

United States

#15 Oct 8, 2010
How old is the girl ?
BenFriend wrote:
<quoted text>
No, church is full of sinners. Church people make mistakes and on occasion do things they shouldn't like everybody else.
The most important thing at this point is that there is an allegation. Apparently, there is enough information to for Ben to be charged, but remember there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
Please, for the sake of our church and Ben, let's see how these events unfold and what the outcome of a trial (if it comes to that) is.
duh

Trumann, AR

#17 Oct 8, 2010
I saw this story on KAIT's website.If that picture published was the associate pastor's mug shot,geeze,I can't imagine somebody guilty and being charged of this type of offense being able to SMILE in that manner.Maybe it wasn't his mug shot,but,just sayin-
ark stud

United States

#18 Oct 10, 2010
he was hot wish he had let me know i could have take care of him does he still live in paragould and is he married or just horny
Personal friend

Memphis, TN

#19 Oct 10, 2010
She was seventeen at the time and is eighteen now. He is not married, but in a relationship. When the case was originally opened, she claimed that nothing happened, and now she is changing her story. They have no evidence against Ben. And "just someone", this is not what you are thinking of. He has only been charged, and has no sentence. I know both parties involved, and I strongly believe that Ben is innocent.
amazed

Trumann, AR

#20 Oct 11, 2010
Pastors ought to be careful.I think it is wrong and unprofessional for them to become involved with church members anyway,even tho it happens all of the time.They are in a leadership position and stuff gets started that often isn't true.

Not saying this isn't true,or anything about this pastor or the case here.
But I will say that: if he was pastoring a church and got involved with some 17 year old kid in some way or another,that was really dumb.And if he's that dumb,he didn't need to be a pastor anyhow!
The Facts

Jonesboro, AR

#21 Oct 11, 2010
There is SOME evidence, and the case is continuing to be investigated. There is not enough, however, to completely say the entire story is true. Only time will tell, and you all just need to be patient, and pray that the truth comes out, whatever it may be.

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