Man charged with attempting to lure teenage male to MH for sex enters not guilty plea

Photo: Adam Michael Johnson

A 35-year-old Mountain Home man charged with soliciting sex online from what he believed was a 14-year-old Missouri boy appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

Adam Michael Johnson entered a not guilty plea to the charge against him.

Johnson is alleged to have “chatted” with the “boy” over the internet in an attempt to lure him into a meeting in Mountain Home for sex.

However, Johnson was actually swapping written messages with a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper posing as the teenager.

A search warrant has been served on Johnson’s property to determine whether he had arranged similar meetings with actual underage victims, or committed other internet sex crimes.

Currently, Johnson is charged with one count of internet stalking of a child, a Class Y felony — the most serious classification of crime in Arkansas not punishable by death.

He is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center with bond set at $75,000.

Troopers and special agents from the Arkansas State Police and Mountain Home police officers were involved in Johnson’s arrest.

The state has also moved to seize a pickup truck that was allegedly used, or was intended to be used, in commission of the crime for which Johnson is charged.

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