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Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR
  • Registered sex offender Justin Way Johnson faces charges of living near a daycare center

  • Johnson faces new felony charges.
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  • A registered sex offender living in Arkadelphia faces new felony charges after moving into a home too close to a daycare center — a move police apparently warned him of.
    Justin Way Johnson is in custody Thursday and is charged with living near a school or daycare as a registered sex offender. Bond has been set at $15,000 plus electronic monitor.
    Johnson, 38, was convicted in February 2007 in northeast Kansas for aggravated indecent liberties with a child. In 2012 he moved to 219 N. 4th St., Arkadelphia, where he was informed of his duty in Arkansas to register as a sex offender. Court records indicate he failed twice to report and was deemed a Level 3 status as an offender, the second highest risk level on a four-tier assessment.
    Sgt. Jason "Shorty" Jackson said Johnson moved to the area to live with a relative. Jackson, who took over the maintenance of APD's sex offender files last summer, discovered that Johnson wasn't allowed to live at the Fourth Street home because of its proximity to "multiple" daycare, university and park locations.
    An affidavit filed with Clark County Prosecutor Blake Batson states that Johnson moved to a Gurdon address in September after Jackson informed him of the requirement.
    But on Jan. 8, Johnson reported to the Clark County Sheriff's Office that he had moved back to the Fourth Street, Arkadelphia, residence, which is 1,400 feet from a daycare.
    Johnson has been appointed a public defender. His arraignment is scheduled for May 6.

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