TEXARKANA, Texas — A convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty this month to sexually abusing two boys in Bowie County.
Lance Dewayne Johnson, 51, additionally pleaded not guilty to tampering with proof in a associated case. Johnson was indicted in early December for 4 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a kid involving a 13-year-old boy and two counts of sexual assault of a kid involving a 16-year-old boy. The grand jury additionally indicted Johnson on a single felony cost of tampering with proof.
Johnson appeared with Texarkana lawyer Michael Friedman for arraignment Dec. 17 earlier than 202nd District Judge John Tidwell and entered pleas of not guilty to all costs. Tidwell set the case for a pretrial listening to in March.
Johnson was convicted in 2008 of sexual misconduct involving boys in North Carolina, in accordance to testimony given at a bond listening to for Johnson in November.
Johnson was arrested Nov. 3 by the New Boston Police Department on a cost of aggravated sexual assault of a kid involving the 13-year-old boy. He was launched from jail the next day after posting a $150,000 bond.
Within hours of his launch, Johnson was arrested on two counts of sexual assault of a kid involving the 16-year-old boy. Bail on these costs is ready at $150,000 apiece.
Bowie County District Attorney’s Office investigator Aaron Ragland testified on the November bond listening to that throughout the hours between his launch from custody Nov. 4 and arrest on new sexual assault costs the identical day, Johnson allegedly disposed of a bag of potential proof on property in Bowie County. Ragland stated the bag contained, “sex toys, lubricant, issues of that nature,” beneath questioning by First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp.
Johnson’s bond on the preliminary cost of aggravated sexual assault of a kid was revoked by 202nd District Judge John Tidwell in mild of the proof tampering allegations and Johnson is now being held with out bond in the Bowie County jail.
Friedman has filed a movement in search of to reinstate Johnson’s bond in order that he may be launched whereas his circumstances proceed. Tidwell has not dominated on the movement.
If discovered guilty, Johnson faces 5 to 99 years or life in jail on every of the 4 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a kid. Johnson faces two to 20 years in jail if convicted of both rely of sexual assault of a kid. The indictments allege Johnson dedicated sex crimes in Bowie County with a earlier conviction for a sex offense. That means Johnson may face an elevated minimal punishment at sentencing if convicted.
Johnson faces two to 10 years in jail if discovered guilty of tampering with proof although the punishment vary might be enhanced due to a previous felony conviction.