|Brahin Johnson in 2010|
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Bristol sex offender missing nearly 4 years headed to trial
Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Bucks County’s formerly longest missing convicted sex offender is headed to trial, accused of failing to check in with Pennsylvania State Police for nearly four years as required under Megan’s Law.
In a brief court appearance Wednesday, Brahin Johnson, 27, waived his right to a preliminary hearing, sending his case to county court in Doylestown. Johnson remains in the county prison in lieu of 10 percent of $50,000 bail.'
Richland Township police apprehended Johnson, formerly of Bristol, in August after responding to a report of a domestic dispute. Police quickly learned that Johnson had an active warrant since 2011 for felony Megan’s Law registration violations, according to Bristol police Sgt. Joe Moors.
In 2006, Johnson, who is considered a high-risk sex offender, pleaded guilty in county court to statutory sexual assault, sexual assault and indecent exposure and was sentenced to two to five years in state prison, according to online court records.
He registered as a sex offender with state police in September 2010, but allegedly never updated his information including his home and work address and social media accounts. As a high-risk offender, Johnson is required to do an in-person update with state police every three months for the rest of his life.
Bristol police filed the arrest warrant a month after he missed his quarterly meeting with state police. A subsequent police investigation allegedly found that Johnson was not living at the Spruce Street address that he listed as his home.
A woman living at the home claimed that Johnson had never lived there and she had no idea why he would tell police that he did, according to a probable cause affidavit. The affidavit does not say when state police notified the borough that Johnson may not have provided accurate information.
Active arrest warrants have been filed for six other registered sex offenders last known to be living or working in Bucks County who failed to update information, according to authorities. One has been missing nearly as long as Johnson.