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For Immediate Release

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February 11, 2011

DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico

(505) 462-2344 (desk)

U.S. Marshals Arrest Alleged Child Molester

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Early this morning, Gerald Johnson, a 42 year old male, was arrested by members of the United States Marshal Service, South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force.  Johnson was arrested on charges of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor (1st degree), Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor (2nd degree), Kidnapping and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.  Johnson was arrested in downtown Albuquerque at 8:45am this morning when Deputy Marshals after extensive surveillance of the suspect was seen entering a vehicle driven by his girlfriend.  A short time later the vehicle was stopped and Gerald Johnson was taken into custody.  The charges have a $200,000 cash or surety bond attached to them.

The abuse allegations against Johnson stem back from incidents that spanned between 2003 and 2005.  In 2010, three children ranging in age from 4 years old to 8 came forward and reported the sexual assaults to the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).  APD investigated the case and obtained a warrant for Johnson’s arrest.  The United States Marshals Service, SWIFT task force is a coordinated effort, whereby several law enforcement agencies throughout New Mexico join forces in apprehending violent fugitives.  According to Conrad E. Candelaria, United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico, “arresting this violent fugitive is due to a collaborative effort of many law enforcement agencies working together for a safer New Mexico, the USMS task force continues to claim success because of is partnerships in the law enforcement community”.  United States Marshals took Johnson into custody without incident and he was booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center and is awaiting his court appearance. 

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at  http://www.usmarshals.gov.