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Army deserter arrested in Tennessee for 120 counts of sexual abuse of a child

Army deserter James Johnson
Army deserter James Johnson
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Listed as number three on the U.S. Army’s most wanted list, Master Sgt. James Johnson, 31, was arrested by United States Marshals on Wednesday July 23, at a home in Brentwood, Tenn. Johnson, a Fort Campbell Soldier had been a fugitive from the law since last year.

Johnson was originally arrested on June 20, 2012, for sexual abuse of a minor by authorities in Christian County, Ky. The municipality was not listed in documents released to the press. The Soldier bonded out on the day of his arrest.

Assigned to the 506th Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky., Johnson 31, was reported to be a deserter by the Army Nov. 6, 2013. He presumably walked away from the Army because he was wanted by the Christian County Sheriff's Office in Kentucky for failure to appear on 120 counts of ‘First Degree Sexual Abuse of a Victim Under the Age of 12.’

Authorities have released little information regarding this case. Names of abuse victims, especially minors, are never released.

Many questions remain unanswered including who was harboring the Army deserter in Brentwood, how long had he been there, how had he been financially supporting himself for the last year, and how were the authorities tipped off to his whereabouts?

Johnson is being held at the Williamson County Jail, without bail, pending extradition by U.S. Marshals to Kentucky. He is facing charges in both civilian and military courts.

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