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US Marshals Arrest Army Deserter Wanted For Sex Abuse In Kentucky

US Marshals Arrest Army Deserter Wanted For Sex Abuse In Kentucky

CREATED Jul 24, 2014

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – An Army Master Sergeant accused of desertion and wanted for failure to appear on sex abuse charges in Kentucky was taken into custody in Williamson County on Wednesday.

A tip led U.S. Marshals to a house in Brentwood, where they took 31-year-old  James Johnson into custody without incident.

Johnson was wanted by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, for Failure to Appear on 120 counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse of a Victim Under the Age of 12.

The U.S. Army also charged Johnson with Military Desertion, dubbing him their Number 3 Most Wanted Fugitive.

Johnson had released on bond following his arrest in Christian County for sexual abuse of a minor on June 20, 2012. Authorities in Christian County issued a failure to appear warrant on September 16, 2013.

Johnson, who was assigned to the 506th Infantry Regiment at Ft. Campbell, was reported as a military deserter on November 6, 2013.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation assisted U.S. Marshals in Johnson's apprehension. He was lodged at the Williamson County Jail pending extradition to Kentucky.