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Photo of suspect in Point Defiance sexual assault case released

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 10, 2010 at 8:14 am |
March 10, 2010 8:33 am
Jerry A. Johnson Jr.

Tacoma police have released a photograph of the man accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled man at the Point Defiance Boathouse restroom last month.

Jerry A. Johnson, 46, was charged Tuesday with second-degree rape in connection with the Feb. 20 incident. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Johnson is 5 feet 10 and 160 pounds. He has scars on his hand and arm and a tattoo on his left arm. He’s a Level 3 sex offender who had been registered to live in Seattle, according to an online sex offender registry web site. The web site notes that Johnson is “non-compliant” and that he was convicted in 2001 of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

The incident at the Point Defiance Boathouse occurred the afternoon of Feb. 20. The victim, a 24-year-old man, was fishing at the pier when he was approached by another man.

Charging documents state that man was later identified as Johnson. Johnson had gone to the pier with two others to fish. The two others told investigators that they saw Johnson repeatedly walk up to the victim. More than once, they told Johnson to leave the victim alone, charging documents state.

Another witness told investigators he made small talk with Johnson and also told him to leave the victim alone.

The victim told officers the man enticed him into a bathroom and sexually assaulted him. The victim said he was scared that he would get hurt because the man was stronger and taller than him, charging documents state.

After the assault, Johnson left the bathroom. The victim went to a nearby store and reported what happened.  Johnson then entered the store and the victim hid. Johnson denied that anything occurred and took off running when another man asked him about the assault, charging documents state.

Anyone with information about Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to call police or Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

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