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For Immediate Release

July 24, 2014 Danny Shelton, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Tennessee (615) 736-5417
U.S. Marshals Capture Accused Sexual Predator and Army Deserter

Nashville, TN – On July 23, U.S. Marshals, assisted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Sgt. James Johnson in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Johnson, 31, was wanted by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, for failure to appear on 120 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 12. He was also charged by the U.S. Army with military desertion and was dubbed as their third most wanted fugitive.

Johnson was originally arrested on June 20, 2012, for sexual abuse of a minor by Kentucky authorities in Christian County. He was released on bond the same day. On September 16, 2013, a warrant was issued in Christian County for his arrest for failure to appear.

The U.S. Army reported Johnson as a military deserter on November 6, 2013. He was assigned to the, 506th Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

On July 23, U.S. Marshals received information that Johnson was in Brentwood and their investigation led them to a house, where he was arrested without incident. Johnson is being held at the Williamson County Jail pending extradition to Kentucky.

Please note: All questions regarding Johnson’s charges in Christian County are referred to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office at (270) 887-4143. Inquiries regarding Johnson’s status in the U.S. Army are referred to U.S. Army Public Affairs at (703) 697-2163. A mug shot may be obtained from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office by calling Sharon Puckett at (615) 790-5560.

Established in 1789, the U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations. In fiscal year 2012, the Marshals apprehended approximately 36,302 federal fugitives and cleared approximately 39,423 felony warrants. Marshals-led fugitive task forces arrested 86,704 state and local fugitives in FY 2012 and cleared approximately 114,311 state and local felony warrants.

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