A misdialed cell phone call that allowed a mother to hear her daughter being sexually abused has led to the arrest of a Midlands law officer on sex charges, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Wednesday.
Kershaw County sheriffs investigators early this morning arrested a Fairfax police officer for criminal sexual conduct with a child under 11.
The suspect, Nakia Kerrien Johnson, 36, was a former Kershaw County sheriffs deputy and a former Lee County sheriffs deputy.
Sheriff Matthews said the arrest happened this way:
On Tuesday, around 10 p.m., deputies responded a call from the victims mother. She said her daughter had gone to the store with the suspect. While the girl was gone, the suspect inadvertently dialed the mother on his cell phone.
When the mother answered, she began to overhear a sexual encounter involving her daughter and the suspect.
At that point, the victims mother repeatedly called the suspect, demanding he bring her home. He did.
At that time, the mother called law enforcement. Questioning revealed that the girl had been assaulted for several years.
Criminal sexual conduct against children are in themselves very disturbing crimes. The fact that a police officer, someone who is charged with protecting and serving the public, makes this crime even more disturbing, said Matthews. I dont believe in coincidences or luck, but this criminal activity would have gone on and on if Johnson had not accidentally dialed the victims mother who was able to hear what was going on.
Johnson is currently being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing.
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