PINEVILLE, Mo. — A McDonald County Circuit Court judge today granted a full order of protection against Newton County pastor George Otis Johnston to a 17-year-old Anderson girl.

Judge John LePage, action on a petition for protection filed by a family member of the girl issued the order.

Johnston, 63, the pastor for the Grandview Valley Baptist Church North in Granby faces eight felony counts of child-sexual-abuse. He turned himself over to authorities on Friday, but immediatly posted a $100,000 bond and was released.

His arraignment is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Newton County Circuit Court on those charges.

For more on this story see Tuesday’s edition of The Joplin Globe.

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