JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Hinds County judge has refused to dismiss charges against John Langworthy, a former school teacher and church music director accused of molesting young boys several years ago in Mississippi and Texas.
The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/Yh4t2r) that Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill McGowan ruled Tuesday that Langworthy will stand trial Jan. 28 for felony charges of gratification of lust. Langworthy remains free on $700,000 bond.
The former Clinton High choir director and church music minister has admitted to "sexual indiscretions" with male children in Mississippi and Texas. His defense attorney asked the court to dismiss the case, arguing the statute of limitations had expired.
Langworthy is the former minister of music at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, Miss.
In August, 2011, he told the congregation that he had past sexual indiscretions with teenage boys in Mississippi and Texas. He worked as a music minister at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.
He told the Clinton congregation he moved to Mississippi because of the indiscretions at Prestonwood.
Prosecutors have said Langworthy was involved with youth choirs at First Baptist Church of Jackson and Daniel Memorial Baptist Church in Jackson during the early 1980s.
Langworthy resigned from his church position in May 2011. He did not return to the high school last fall as director of the choir.
An eight-count indictment charges him with sexually molesting five boys between April 1980 and December 1984, with the alleged sexual abuse. Clinton police charged him with two counts of gratification of lust; Jackson police charged him with six.
Four of the boys were around age 10 at the time of the alleged abuse, and one was 6, Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride has said.