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Warrant out for man wanted in sex abuse of a minor case

Posted: April 24, 2013 - 12:03am

A $10,000 arrest warrant is out for a 22-year-old man wanted in a sexual abuse of a minor case.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg issued the warrant for Maxwell T. Johnson on Friday, the same day a grand jury handed up an indictment charging Johnson with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

That offense alleges that Johnson, being 17 years or older, did knowingly engage in sexual penetration with a person who was 13, 14 or 15 years of age and at least four years younger than the defendant. That’s a class ‘B’ felony that can be punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

Prosecutors said Johnson had sex with the underage girl in Juneau on two prior occasions, in January and March of 2012. The girl became pregnant, and DNA analysis confirmed Johnson was the father, Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp said in court hearing, according to court papers.

The case is only being prosecuted now, more than a year later, because it was pending with the state Crime Lab which was processing the DNA evidence, Kemp noted.

The victim in the case, who is not identified in court documents, could not be reached for comment. A copy of the indictment indicates she testified before the grand jury, as did a Juneau Police Department detective and another police officer.

A copy of the arrest warrant lists Johnson’s last known address in Sitka. The judge said he is unclear about Johnson’s current whereabouts.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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