Ex-cop indicted in sexual assault

September 17, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County grand jury indicted former Charles Town Police officer Paul C. Johnson Tuesday for the sexual assault of a woman while he was on duty as a police officer.

Johnson, 30, was charged with second-degree sexual assault.

On Oct. 6, 1996, the woman and her fiance were driving in Charles Town when they were pulled over, according to court records.

The fiance was arrested for driving on a suspended license and obstructing a police officer.

Later, Johnson offered to drive the woman home to Ranson because the fiance's car was towed. Instead, he allegedly drove her out to old W.Va. 9.


There, according to court records, he told her that if she did not perform oral sex or have sex with him, he would have her locked up for a year or cause her to lose custody of her children.

The woman performed oral sex on him as he drove his police cruiser, according to court records. After he dropped her off, she went to Jefferson Memorial Hospital and reported the incident, according to court records.

Johnson denied anything had happened in an interview with a West Virginia state trooper, according to court records.

On Oct. 15, Johnson, with an attorney present, agreed to a second interview in which he changed his story, court records said.

Johnson told the investigator that the woman had offered to have sex with him, court records said.

Johnson was arrested on Oct. 16 in magistrate court.

Johnson has been free on $10,000 bond. He resigned from the police department after being charged in October.

Johnson could not be reached for comment.

At the magistrate court hearing, investigators said Johnson told them that as he was driving the woman home, she pulled up her shirt and asked him if he liked what he saw.

The investigators testified Johnson said the woman then grabbed his crotch and performed oral sex on him.

Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge said he's made officers more accountable since he took over the department earlier this year.

"I've made it very clear that I would not tolerate that kind of thing," Aldridge said.

Officers are now more closely scrutinized by their supervisors, Aldridge said.

"Any time you have a police officer put in the public eye and accused of something like that, it hurts the police force and everyone on it," Aldridge said.

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