Last updated: June 09. 2014 6:22PM - 2765 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

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A Harlan man is facing a charge of sexual abuse after allegedly inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl.

Bobby W. Johnson, 25, was arrested by Harlan Police Officer Derrick Noe on Monday.

According to HPD Cpl. Jeff Owens, a complaint was received from the mother of the juvenile.

“We found out he had grabbed a 15-year-old female juvenile (inappropriately)… and was speaking very vulgarly to her,” said Owens. “Monday, Officer Noe obtained a warrant for first-degree sexual abuse for his arrest.”

Owens said Noe determined Johnson was a registered sex offender, having been put on the sex offender registry for a conviction in Georgia.

Owens said Johnson was arrested outside the Harlan City Police Department building.

“He was outside on a previous incident,” said Owens. “He had called the police department over an incident of his current girlfriend’s car being vandalized, which we had responded to.”

Johnson was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond.

The case is being investigated by Noe.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161, or on Twitter #joe_hde

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