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Man facing child sex charges

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By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Newland man is facing felony child sex charges in an investigation that began more than a year ago.

Johnnie Johnson III, 41, was arrested July 7 and charged with one felony count each of 1st degree sex offense by an adult, indecent liberties with a minor and forcible sexual offense, according to a Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Johnson was confined at Albemarle District Jail on a $42,000 secured bond. According to an online search, he was later released from ADJ after posting bond. He is no longer in custody at ADJ.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the investigation began on April 18, 2018, when deputies responded to Sentara Albemarle Medical Hospital to speak to the alleged victim. Over the course of the investigation, Johnson developed as a suspect, the release states. Investigators presented their evidence to a Pasquotank County grand jury and indictments ensued.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office in the investigation was the Pasquotank County Department of Social Services.

The charges against Johnson followed an incident on April 14, 2018, when he was shot by his stepson, Deonte Stokley, at his Crooked Run Road home, according to the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office at the time.

Stokley’s ex-wife, Racquel Gibbs, has claimed Stokley shot Johnson because Johnson had engaged in improper sexual contact with her and Stokley’s daughter, who at the time was four years old. The daughter was visiting Johnson’s wife, who is Stokley’s mother, when the alleged crime occurred, Gibbs said at the time.

Stokley, who had been living in Winterville, was taken into custody by the Greenville Police Department’s violent criminal apprehension team and the State Bureau of Investigation’s fugitive and missing person task force, former Pasquotank Sheriff Randy Cartwright said in a statement at the time.

An inmate search at the N.C. Department of Public Safety shows an inmate by the name of Deonte Stokley currently serving a four-year sentence at the Bertie Correctional Institute. He was convicted on Aug. 28, 2018, of one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, according to online records. The date of the offense is April 14, 2018.