COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small town South Carolina police officer was arrested after he accidentally dialed his cell phone while sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl, allowing her mother to hear what happened, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said.
Nakia Kerrien Johnson was charged Wednesday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child after the girl told investigators she had been abused for several years, Matthews said.
But Johnson’s mother said the woman accusing Johnson has had it out for her son and is making up the allegations. The two were once a couple.
“My son is not like that. He is a hard-working man who would never do anything like that,” Barbara Johnson said.
Nakia Johnson is a police officer in Fairfax, and Chief Marvin Williams said Wednesday he was talking with town officials to decide what to do about his employment.
“He’s a good officer. He’s never caused any problems that I can remember,” Williams said.
The sheriff said the girl’s mother called deputies around 10 p.m. Tuesday and told them she got a phone call from Johnson while he took the girl to the store. During the call, the woman said she heard a conversation between Johnson and the girl, describing the sexual encounter as it happened, Matthews said.
“I don’t believe in coincidences or luck, but this criminal activity would have gone on and on if Johnson had not accidentally dialed the victim’s mother who was able to hear what was going on,” Matthews said in a statement.
The woman called Johnson back and demanded he bring the girl home. Johnson dropped the girl off and went back to Fairfax, deputies said.
Investigators spoke to the girl and had her examined at a local hospital, then called Johnson’s boss and asked him to return to Kershaw County.
His mother said through tears over the phone that she hasn’t heard from him since she left. He is being held in the Kershaw County Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing.
“He didn’t have any idea they were going to put him in jail,” Barbara Johnson said.
Nakia Johnson was a Marine and spent several months in Afghanistan as a private contractor, sending money home to the girl and her mother, she said.
“If I thought he was that kind of person, I would go right with y’all 100 percent,” Barbara Johnson said. “But I raised him by myself and he’s not like that.”
The girl’s mother said she has not gotten along well with Johnson, and the two have had plenty of arguments over money and her drug use.
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