Former Youth Music Pastor of Plano, Texas Church Admits to Molestation
John Langworthy, a former youth music minister at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, admitted to molesting at least one of his young students in the late 1980s.
At least three former students — two at Prestonwood and one in Mississippi — have privately told their stories to former Prestonwood staff member Amy Smith, who has been trying to warn anyone who would listen.
Smith said she is in contact with two of the alleged victims, who say the abuse included physical contact. For one, it allegedly occurred over the course of 15 months.
A third alleged victim told News 8 that Langworthy would regularly spend the night with teenage boys, and was once in the same bed with him.
Officials have confirmed to Fox 40 News that Langworthy is charged with 8 counts of Gratification of Lust in both Clinton and Jackson.Investigators say the crimes happened between 1980 and 1984 and involved a total of 5 victims, ranging in age between 8 and 12 years old. Officials say Langworthy would have been 18-24 years old during the crimes.
The criminal trial of confessed child molesting minister John Langworthy, originally set for April 2, has been scheduled for *July 30 in Hinds County in Jackson, Mississippi. He is charged with 8 felony counts of gratification of lust for 5 victims, boys between the ages of 8-12. This abuse took place in Clinton and Jackson, MS between 1980-84 while he served at 2 area Baptist churches, First Baptist Jackson and Daniel Memorial Baptist Church, while he was attending Mississippi College.