Perry-Lecompton paraprofessional arrested on child obscenity charges

PERRY-LECOMPTON, Kansas (KSNT) — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department arrested a former paraprofessional late Wednesday in connection with an investigation into inappropriate texts, calls and interactions with male students at the joint high school and middle school.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig tells KSN’s sister station KSNT News that Michael D. Johnson was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on three counts of Promoting Obscenities to Minors. At this writing, Johnson was in the Jefferson County Jail awaiting his first court appearance.

It’s unclear how many students may have been involved in the incident.

On Sept. 24, USD 343 Superintendent Denis Yoder told KSNT News they had been made aware of the allegations three days earlier and “we immediately conducted an investigation.” Yoder says their investigation didn’t take long “and as the result of that investigation, this person will no longer be on our school campus.”

The information was then turned over to the Perry Police Department and Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. That material was submitted to the Jefferson County Attorney’s office on Sept. 24.

According to his LinkedIn biography, Johnson had been with the Perry-Lecompton High School from 2012 until last month working as an “Accompanist, Assistant to Debate Coach.”

His first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 7, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

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