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Accused PG County Exec. Gets Support in Balt. Co.

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Baltimore County Delegate Emmett Burns and his congregation spent part of Sunday in prayer for Jack and Leslie Johnson, two Prince George's County political figures recently charged with corruption.

Baltimore County Delegate Emmett Burns and his congregation spent part of Sunday in prayer for Jack and Leslie Johnson, two Prince George’s County political figures recently charged with corruption.

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RANDALLSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) ―More arrests possible this week in the wide-reaching corruption probe that led to the arrest of Prince George’s county executive Jack Johnson and his wife.

Derek Valcourt reports that the embattled politician is getting a little support right in Baltimore.

In Randallstown, another Maryland politician and his congregation were praying for Johnson.

To some people, it doesn’t look good for Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson.

If it’s true, it would be horrible you’d feel let down by someone that you trusted,” said one constituent.

“I think it’s terrible,” said another.

Johnson and his wife arrested on corruption charges Friday. Their home was raided by the FBI moments after a wiretapped-phone conversation between the couple revealed what the FBI claims was a discussion of  $100,000 check from a developer.

Just as FBI agents were knocking on their door, Leslie Johnson asked her husband: “Do you want me to put it down the toilet?”

Jack Johnson responded: “Yes, flush that.”

Moments later, the FBI says the Johnsons discussed almost $80,000 in cash, of which Johnson allegedly told his wife to hide the money in her bra.

Charges may be linked to a development near the Greenbelt Metro station.

In a separate civil case, a hotel owner claims that Johnson solicited bribes.

“I’m innocent of these charges, and I just can’t wait for the facts to come out,” Johnson said.

The facts will land Johnson in court, but for now it’s church where he’s getting support.

Baltimore County Delegate Emmett Burns and his congregation at Rising Sun First Baptist Church spent part of Sunday in prayer for the couple at the center of the scandal.

“When a person needs a friend most is when a friend is in trouble,” Burns said.

“Some in the media are saying that this is going to hurt the county to do business in the county, but he is a friend,” Burns added. “And a friend sticketh closer than a brother, and for that reason we dedicated the beginning of this service to Jack Johnson and his wife.”

While some pray for help, others hope for justice.

“If he’s found guilt, I would hope he’d be prosecuted and have to serve some type of punishment,” said one constituent.

The U.S. attorney from Maryland says that Jack Johnson’s arrest is just the tip of the iceberg in this corruption probe. He said there will likely be more arrests in the days to come.

Be sure to stay with WJZ.COM for continuing coverage of the executive arrested. We’ll let you know as soon as there are any more arrests in this case.

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