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Knox County Prosecutor's Office Releases Statement Regarding Johnson Case

By Timothy Perry

April 18, 2016 - 12:21 PM

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Prosecutor's office released the following statement today regarding the release of of Albert Johnson III on his own recognizance at a criminal arraignment on Friday.

"Over the weekend there was some question as to why Albert Johnson III was released on his own recognizance after being indicted on a first degree rape charge. Here is a brief overview of why this occurred:

This case is the continuation of a case that was filed in another jurisdiction. In that case, the defendant posted a bond, hired private counsel, and appeared at all hearings.

In the time since that case was filed, the children’s services agency in that jurisdiction has taken steps to protect the juvenile victim.

The Knox County case is for alleged conduct that occurred three years ago, and the defendant appeared with counsel in response to a summons.

Criminal Rule 46(D) states that when a defendant has appeared on summons, absent good cause, a recognizance bond shall be the preferred type of bail.

The defendant has no prior felony record. This office and the Court are following the law."

Johnson, 33, is charged with rape in the first degree and felony gross sexual imposition in the third degree. According to the indictment, which was returned by a grand jury in Knox County Common Pleas Court in early April, the alleged crime occurred between the 30th day of July, 2012 and the 1st day of July, 2013. The indictment also alleges the victim was under the age of thirteen.

No further court dates are yet known.

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