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Nuwabian Woman Pleads Guilty
(AP, April 1, 2003)

A woman facing state child molestation charges in Putnam County has pleaded guilty to knowing about incidents of sexual abuse and not reporting them.

Kathy Johnson, wife of the United Nation of Nuwaubian Moors leader Malachi York, is facing up to three years in prison on this federal charge, said Pamela Lightsey, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office for the middle district of Georgia.

Johnson, 34, was originally indicted with York, who pleaded guilty in January to transporting minors from New York to Georgia for the purpose of sexual abuse, including intercourse and sodomy.

Johnson has admitted that she knew of York's crime and did nothing about it. She has also been charged with several counts of sexually abusing minors.

She and York are scheduled to be sentenced individually within the next two months.

Johnson was known among the Nuwaubian as York's "main wife." The United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors is a predominantly black group that refers to York as "the master teacher."

The group began as an Islamic sect in the early 1970s in Brooklyn, N.Y. When York and his followers moved to Putnam County 10 years ago, the group claimed York was an extraterrestrial.

Despite their leader's imprisonment, the Nuwaubians continue to live in Putnam County where York purchased a 476 acre farm a decade ago that is now adorned with pyramids, a sphinx and other Egyptian-style structures.