Charleston Pastor Faces Prison Time in Sexual Abuse Case

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Kanawha County pastor has admitted to sexually abusing a little girl.

Johnnie Winnell pleaded guilty in the case Monday morning.

Winnell was arrested in April of last year after confessing to abusing a young girl.

He groped a girl three times while she was sleeping at his home in Elkview, according to investigators.

Investigators say the abuse happened during several years.

Winnell was the pastor of the United Mission Gospel Church on Charleston's west side. He also worked in the transportation department for Kanawha County Schools.

Winnell faces one to five years in prison when he is sentence in March.

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