A convicted sex offender arrested on new charges related to sexual misconduct with a minor.
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Johnathon Charles Johnson of Evansville on Monday afternoon after a 14-year-old victim came forward and described having an ongoing sexual relationship with him.
The sheriff’s office says Johnson first met the victim while he was performing construction work at her home. He then contacted the victim through various social media apps, which eventually led to him picking the victim up in his vehicle. Johnson allegedly had a series of sexual encounters with the victim both in his vehicle and at the victim’s home.
Sheriff Dave Wedding provided the following statement:
“Social media apps like Facebook and Snapchat are used by millions of kids every day. Sexual predators know this and are able to exploit the open nature of these platforms in order to entice minors. In an age where anyone’s contact information is just a click away, parents must take steps to monitor and if necessary limit their children’s online activity.”
Johnson was previous convicted for Sexual Battery as a Class A Misdemeanor, which required him to register as a sex offender for 10 years starting in February of 2013. He is currently lodged at the Vanderburgh County Jail without bond.