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Crime beat: Man arrested in undercover child prostitution sting

Crime beat: Man arrested in undercover child prostitution sting

Rochester police arrested a Pine Island man Thursday after he agreed to have sex with undercover officers posing as a teen girl.

Joshua Johnson, 38, responded to an online ad for sex with a girl between the ages of 13-15, according to the police report. He also sent several nude photos to undercover officers.

Police say they were in communication with Johnson for a few weeks before making the arrest. Authorities in Goodhue County assisted the department in conducting a search warrant of his residence.

Court records show Johnson was sentenced to 98 months in a state correctional institute in 2001 for criminal sexual conduct with a child under 13 years old.

 

Photo: Joshua John Johnson

 

Burglaries

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary in the 1300 block of 75th Street NW. According to the homeowner, the theft happened between 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. The burglary was not reported until recently.

According to the report, the owner — who was preparing the house for sale — left the door open for a service worker. When she returned to the home, she noticed about $1,900 worth of computers and other electronic equipment were missing.

There were a couple teenagers in the area, notes the report. The deputy spoke to one of the individuals, who denied involvement but refused to let authorities search his home.

There was also a burglary reported around noon Thursday at the intersection of 26th Street and 25th Avenue NW. Information about the incident was not available Friday morning.

 
 

Highway 14 crash

A crash on Highway 14 near South Broadway interrupted the morning commute in south Rochester Friday morning.

According to fire officials, a car was headed eastbound on 14 when it crossed the median and hit an empty dump truck. The trucked turned over onto its side.

The car's driver was transported to the hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown; however, he was conscious when emergency officials arrived. The driver of the dump truck was not seriously injured.

 
 

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