WILLIAMSON — A Mingo County elementary teacher, coach and pastor, waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday regarding charges of sexual abuse by a parent and incest.
Johnny Ray Dempsey was arrested on Friday, Jan. 22, by Mingo County Sheriff’s deputies for inappropriate contact with his 14-year-old juvenile daughter in June 2009, according to public records.
At the time of the crime, Dempsey was a teacher at Kermit K-8 and Tug Valley High School and a pastor at Grace Truth Bible Center, located at Boy Scout Hollow.
Dempsey was arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court and placed in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.
The case will now go to the Mingo County Grand Jury, who will decide if the case warrants an indictment.