Wednesday, August 25, 2010

York County minister faces abuse charges

York County minister faces abuse charges
This is the third time the Rev. Johnny William 'Bill' Cabe has been accused of abusing children.
By Kimberly Dick

Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010
YORK, S.C. A Rock Hill minister convicted of bilking investors out of millions of dollars now faces sexual abuse charges. It's the third time the convicted felon who lives in York has been accused of child-abuse-related charges.

The Rev. Johnny William "Bill" Cabe, 50, was arrested Tuesday after a weeks-long investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship with a child, said Lt. Mike Baker of the York County Sheriff's Office.

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

The charges stem from an allegation made to officers July 29 by a now 11-year-old boy who claimed Cabe, a pastor at Riverside Baptist Church in Rock Hill, touched him inappropriately at the church, according to a sheriff's report and an arrest warrant.

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

The charge of unlawfully practicing medicine stems from allegations that Cabe performed an examination of the child, diagnosed a physical ailment and prescribed a treatment, according to an arrest warrant.

Cabe's attorney, Thomas McKinney, was not available for comment Tuesday.

Cabe has a criminal history that includes allegations, but not convictions, 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.

Cabe was released from a federal prison July 2008, said Edmond Ross, spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was not under supervision after his release, Ross said.

Previous misdemeanor charges of practicing medicine without a license against Cabe stem from allegations from two teenage boys in 1998 and 1999. They claim he performed hernia-like checks on them. Those charges were dismissed with the right to refile, said 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson.

A jury acquitted Cabe of five counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and two counts of performing a lewd act on a minor in 1994. The charges stemmed from his allegedly beating and fondling three young boys under his care in 1991 and 1992.

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