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Family Hires Attorney After Molestation Charges Dropped

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The family of a child who was allegedly abused and shown pornography at a local day care facility has hired a nationally-recognized attorney. 

The family has retained civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump as co-counsel, a week after charges were dismissed against 38-year-old Gregory Michael Johnston.

He was arrested in February on six counts of child molestation and one count of dissemination of matter harmful to minors.

Johnston is the husband of the owner of the now-closed Lil’ Piggies Child Care at 1600 Crystal Court in Evansville, where the crimes allegedly occurred.

The charges against Johnston were dismissed without prejudice, meaning the case could be filed again.

Deputy prosecutor Emily Hall wrote that the state was told the victim was “unavailable to testify and does not know when the victim will be available to testify."

In an email, attorney Crump called it a “disgusting miscarriage of justice” and said he’s committed to seeking justice for the young child and the family.