Former Polk Co. man arrested in W. Va. for allegedly molesting 13-year-old, trashing house

Robert Anthony Johnson (Source: Polk County Jail)
Robert Anthony Johnson (Source: Polk County Jail)

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Law enforcement authorities in West Virginia arrested a 20-year-old former Polk County resident earlier this week in connection to an Onalaska incident in which the man and a group of minors allegedly trashed a house and later went into one of the bedrooms and molested a 13-year-old girl.

Robert Anthony Johnson, of Sod W. Virginia is currently being held in the Polk County Jail on felony charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact and criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000. Collectively, his bail has been set at $22,500.

"He's the one that said we would never catch him," Ron Gilbert, the chief of the Onalaska Police Department said.

After Johnson was arrested in West Virginia, he was extradited back to Polk County. He was booked into the Polk County Jail at 5:51 p.m. Wednesday.

Gilbert said the offenses occurred on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011. Johnson, who was then 18, and a group of minors allegedly broke into an Onalaska home and "destroyed" it. They allegedly spray painted the walls, and kicked in the television.

Later in the investigation, one of the minors, a 13-year-old girl, told police officers that Johnson had taken her into one of the home's bedrooms and "done things he shouldn't have" with her, Gilbert said.

When the Onalaska Police Department called Johnson to ask him to come in for questioning, he allegedly told them that he was going to run, and that they wouldn't ever catch him.

"We told him, 'We'll get you in good time; those warrants will follow you through eternity,'" Gilbert said.

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