Rally planned to protest dropped charges in child molesting investigation

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A rally is planned for 3:30 p.m. in front of the Civic Center Monday, in connection with child molesting charges that were dismissed last week.

A flyer for the protest says it’s a “peaceful rally to show support & seek justice” for the family of the alleged victim.

Gregory Johnston faced the following charges, but they were dismissed, according to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office:

  • Four counts of child molesting
  • Two counts of child molesting with deadly force, threat of deadly force, or with a deadly weapon
  • One count of dissemination of matter harmful to minors

The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office said the charges were dropped based on a recommendation from therapists and community partners involved in the case.

Read the full statement from the prosecutor’s office:

“Upon recommendation of the therapists and community partners involved in this case, the decision was made to delay prosecution. The State of Indiana was forced to dismiss the case without prejudice in hopes of re-filing charges in the future. The ultimate goal of our office is to hold any criminal wrong-doer to justice, however the health and well-being of our victim is of the utmost importance and must take priority.”

Johnston was arrested in February.

The victim said Johnson choked, threatened and molested them.

The alleged incidents happened Lil’ Piggies Child Care LLC in Evansville.

Johnston is the husband of the daycare owner.

The daycare closed after Johnston’s arrest.

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(This story was originally published on October 28, 2019)

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