KYTX anchor William Johnson has been named in a lawsuit that alleges a group of religious leaders committed sexual acts against a minor.
Johnson is one of four Texas A&M University Chi Alpha chapter members named in the suit filed Thursday against the General Council of the Assemblies of God, North Texas District Council Assemblies of God, Mountain Valley Fellowship, and Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at College Station.
The civil suit, filed in the 333rd Judicial District Court in Harris County, comes from a Brazos County resident who is the father of a minor who was 13 years old at the time of the alleged abuse.
Johnson started working at the station in November. Chi Alpha is a college religious ministry.
Among other accusations, the suit alleges that Johnson and three others allowed church youth, including victim, to be around a known sex offender, Daniel Savala.
In November 2022, TAMU Chi Alpha members led a gathering and invited the plaintiff’s then 13-year-old child. The suit alleges the child was “dry humped” by Johnson, Hoffart, Randolph and Owens. This is the only mention in the suit where Johnson is accused of allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct with the minor.
Johnson said in a statement to the Tyler Morning Telegraph that he denies the allegations and cannot further comment on pending litigation.
At this same gathering, the lawsuit claims other lewd acts allegedly took place. Unnamed Chi Alpha members allegedly showed the young teenager their private body parts, forced the teen’s face into their crotches, pulled the teen’s pants down, and other inappropriate sexual acts, the suit claims.
The plaintiff is seeking over $1 million and claims for relief include one count of negligence against the Assemblies of God; one count against North Texas Assemblies of God; one count against Mountain Valley Fellowship; one count against Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship; and compensatory and punitive damages.
Johnson openly refers to his religious beliefs in his station bio. We asked him about the allegations and will update when we hear back.