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DNA evidence leads to arrest

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

Police arrested a 27-year-old Huntington man Friday after his DNA matched evidence collected from a sexual assault exam of a 14-year-old girl, according to police reports.

Police arrested Jacob Eugene Johnson, 27, last known address 225 W. Tipton St., on Friday and charged him with a Level 4 felony count of child molesting and a Level 4 felony count of sexual misconduct with a minor, according to court records.

Police say Johnson came over to the home three times uninvited and asked two underage girls to engage in sexual acts.

Both underage girls told police Johnson allegedly knew they were underage, according to police reports.

Johnson allegedly knew the 15-year-old girl because he was friends with someone who was staying at the home.

An officer on patrol witnessed Johnson outside smoking a cigarette next to the girl around 11 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2018, the night before the incident allegedly occurred.

The victim said Johnson asked to use the restroom as they were on their way outside around 5 a.m. on Aug. 4 to allow Johnson to smoke another cigarette, but he stopped short of the bathroom and sat on her bed before he began making advances, according to the report.

“(Name redacted) said she felt like she couldn’t say anything,” a Huntington Police detective wrote when describing Johnson’s advances.

A towel taken from the scene also matched Johnson’s DNA, according to police. 

Johnson reportedly accepted a request for interview with law enforcement but later failed to appear before he said he was hiring an attorney. He denied all interviews with law enforcement, according to police reports.

Johnson is currently in custody at the Huntington County Jail. Bond is set at $10,000 plus $3,000 cash.

Johnson’s next hearing is set for June 3 at 8:15 a.m. in Huntington County Circuit Court.