Registered sex offender arrested for residing with children

Published 11:41 am Wednesday, May 11, 2022

According to Sheriff Keith Sexton, the Washington County Criminal Investigations Division arrested Ronald Johnson, 61, of Gray, today after finding that the registered sex offender was residing with children.

Investigators were contacted by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services after a complaint was received alleging that small children were residing at a residence where a registered sex offender lived.

Investigators accompanied DCS to an address in Gray and found Johnson there with two small children, along with the children’s mother and father.

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Investigators discovered evidence that the children had been residing with Johnson in the home.

Johnson was convicted in 1990 of a violent sex crime and is restricted from residing overnight in a residence with minors. Investigators arrested Johnson at the scene and charged him with a violation of the sex offender registry.

He is currently being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 11.