Washington man indicted in cruise ship assault case

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A Washington state man has been indicted on sexual abuse charges involving a 15-year-old boy aboard a cruise ship.

A Ketchikan grand jury returned the six-count indictment on Thursday against John T. Johnson, 61, of Pacific.

Johnson denied the allegations during an initial court appearance a day earlier but has not entered a plea.

The indictment alleges six felonies were committed against the boy on Monday morning as the Star Princess sailed through Stephens Passage.

It includes two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, one count of attempted first-degree sexual assault and one count of attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

The boy was taken to Bartlett Regional Medical Center where he was examined for evidence of sexual assault, according to Juneau court records.

The boy told his grandmother that a man in the sauna had forced sexual activity with him. The grandmother notified ship security. Johnson was arrested Tuesday night in Skagway.

He remained in Lemon Creek Correctional Center late Thursday. Bail was set at $20,000.

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