Feb 15 2013
Special to The Police News
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Forrest William Johnson, 50, Wednesday for using the Internet to sexually solicit a minor. At the time of his arrest, Johnson indicated he is a federal agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and is assigned to law enforcement duties at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
According to Cyber Crimes Unit officers, Johnson posted an explicit online advertisement. When Johnson received a response from an individual he believed was a 15-year-old girl, he sexually propositioned the child and arranged a personal encounter so he could sexually assault her at a predetermined location. The "girl" was actually an undercover police officer with the Cyber Crimes Unit. When Johnson arrived at the meeting location, he was arrested by Cyber Crimes Unit police officers.
Johnson faces a second-degree felony charge for online solicitation of a minor. After his arrest, Johnson was transported to Williamson County Jail, where he remains in custody in lieu of a $20,000 bond. If convicted, Johnson faces two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.