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International child advocacy group says American missionary bribed victims

GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) - The organization that investigated a United States missionary worker for child sexual assault in Cambodia says the missionary bribed his victims.

Earlier this month Daniel Johnson was sentenced to a year in Cambodian prison after being accused of sexually assaulting children from the orphanage he founded. Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) says five victims between the ages of 11 and 15 came forward saying Johnson sexually abused them. However, four of those victims later retracted their complaints.

APLE says they strongly believe Johnson bribed the victims to change their stories.

They say, "Johnson continues to influence the victims and their families to give up their lawsuits and in turn to accuse APLE of bribing the victims. In his Facebook, we found a video of one of the victims persuaded to make accusations against APLE and speak in favour of Johnson."

The orphanage and mission that Daniel Johnson was running, Hope Transitions, was not licensed. APLE says the orphanage has been closed down because Cambodian orphanages must be registered and licensed by law or their work is illegitimate.

Hope Transitions was and continues to be financially supported by a Baptist church in Gladewater.

The church says they're working to re-open the orphanage and help the children who got caught up in all of this.

Even though Johnson was sentenced to a year in prison, Cambodia authorities expect him to be released in six months. 

APLE says they're asking the FBI to have Johnson extradited as soon as he finishes his prison term in Cambodia .

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