3 more come forward about alleged sexual abuse

Published 5:16pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Three more victims have accused an Austin man — who was recently charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct — of molesting them when they were children.


A detective took reports on May 1 and May 5 from three girls who claim Todd Richard Johnson, 42, molested them when they were younger than 10. All of the victims say the sexual abuse happened several years ago in Austin at Johnson’s home, according to the court complaints.

Last week, Johnson pleaded not guilty in Mower County Court to the first reports that he showed two girls pornographic films and engaged in sexual acts with them. In that case, Johnson was charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with victims younger than 13. According to the Mower County Attorney’s Office, Johnson’s alleged victims in that case were younger than 10, as well.

Now Johnson has pleaded not guilty to the three most recent accusations, for which he has been charged with two more counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim younger than 13, along with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with victims younger than 13.

All of the victims echoed similar accounts of what Johnson allegedly did to them.

Johnson has a pretrial for his cases set for Aug. 2. He is held in the Mower County jail on $1 million bail.

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