Search of cellphone leads to new sex-related charge for MH man

Photo: Adam Michael Johnson

A new charge has been filed against a 35-year-old Mountain Home man already charged with soliciting sex online from what he believed was a 14-year-old Missouri boy.

Adam Michael Johnson entered a not guilty plea to the initial charge against him during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

The new charge was filed against the Mountain Home man this week stemming from a search of his cellphone seized after his first arrest.

During that search, according to the probable cause affidavit in the newly opened case, images of prepubescent males were found.

Johnson is now charged with distributing, possessing, or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and internet stalking of a child.

Internet stalking of a child is a Class Y felony — the most serious classification of crime in Arkansas not punishable by death.

The initial arrest stemmed from “chats” with the Missouri “boy” over the internet attempting 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.

Johnson was arrested when he went to Cooper Park in Mountain Home on March 4 to meet the “boy.”

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

He is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center with bond set at $90,000.

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

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