Ex-city man faces child sex counts

Johns arraigned on more than 70 felonies


A child sex abuse case in Kentucky has led to child rape charges in Blair County for a former Altoona man.

Dewayne L. Johns, 33, was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on more than 70 felonies related to the sexual assault of a minor, including 12 counts of child rape, according to court documents.

During interviews with Altoona police and Kentucky police, Johns admitted in 2020 to at least one sexual en­­­coun­­­­­­­­­­ter with a 12-year-old, whom he said he believed to be 15 years old, a criminal complaint stated.

Based on a monthslong investigation, however, police accused Johns of sexually assaulting the 12-year-old potentially hundreds of times over the course of a year in 2015, while he lived with her parents in Altoona, and later, multiple times in Kentucky, court documents stated.

The victim told police the sexual assaults began when Johns was staying with her family after a hip and leg surgery in 2015, police reported.

While the victim initially declined Johns’ sexual advances, she told police she later consented, because he had already penetrated her by the time he asked for consent, court documents stated.

The two reportedly engaged in sexual activity weekly during his stay with the victim’s family, police reported.

After Johns moved to Kentucky, Johns and the victim allegedly engaged in sexual activity multiple times during the victim’s family’s occasional visits, a criminal complaint stated.

Johns initially told police that while he was staying with the victim’s family, the victim was changing his surgery bandage and saw his genitals, but later admitted the story was a lie, police reported.

Johns later said he was asleep and awoke to victim initiating sex with him, court documents stated.

Miller revoked Johns’ bail, because of Johns’ potential flight risk and concern for the victim and potential danger to the community, and he is currently at Blair County Prison, court documents stated.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 16 before Judge Ben Jones.

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 814-946-7458.


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