Athens Probing Nuwaubian Leader
NewsChannel 11/May 19, 2002
Authorities are looking into charges that jailed United
Nuwaubian Nation of Moors leader Dwight York allegedly
molested a child at his mansion in Athens.
Putnam County investigators alerted officials to at least
one possible female victim in the area, Athens-Clarke police
confirmed this week.
"Our primary concern is for the potential young victims, and
that they receive proper counseling and care," said
Athens-Clarke County Assistant Police Chief Mark Wallace.
"Of course, we'd make any (criminal) charges deemed
The reclusive Brooklyn-born leader was seldom seen in
The Athens Banner-Herald reported Sunday that public records
show that York was suspected of running a mail-order
business from his home, and may have been housing more than
Records also show that neighbors told police they thought
outdoor religious services were being conducted at the
property, and that they suspected the Nuwaubians of running
a school there, the newspaper reported.
While investigators have no proof of York running any type
of illegal business from his home in Athens, federal agents
did seize $125,000 in cash from his home during a search two
Around the same time, more than 100 officers raided the
476-acre Nuwaubian compound in Putnam County, seizing at
least 30 guns.
York, who calls himself Malachi, faces four federal counts
involving sexual exploitation of minors. The maximum penalty
for each charge is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
In addition to the federal charges, a Putnam County grand
jury issued a 116-count indictment against York, his
partner, Kathy Johnson, and three other members of the
York has been charged with 74 counts of child molestation,
29 counts of aggravated child molestation and related
charges, including one count of rape.
The Nuwaubians have clashed with Putnam County officials for
years over building codes, voter registration and the
group's hiring of armed security guards.
The United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors is a predominantly
black group whose members live in a rural compound
resembling an ancient Egyptian theme park, with huge
pyramids and a large gate covered with hieroglyphics.
In some Nuwaubian literature, York has been referred to as
the group's savior. The texts also say he is an
extraterrestrial from the planet "Rizq."
Last week, a federal judge in Macon denied York bond.
In the 1960s, York served time in a New York prison for
assault, resisting arrest and possession of a dangerous