$100,000 bond granted to Plantation Blood molestation suspect

A judge granted a $100,000 bond Friday to a 19-year-old accused of sexually abusing two girls at the Halloween event Plantation Blood.


James J. Johnson, 19, faces two counts of child molestation in connection with the Oct. 8 incidents. Assistant District Attorney Tom Watkins said Friday in Richmond County Superior Court that a 12-year-old volunteer reported Johnson kept touching her hair and then exposed himself to her. When that girl left her position at Plantation Blood, a 13-year-old took over her spot and later reported Johnson touched her breasts, Watkins said.

When confronted, Johnson denied the allegations then fled the scene, Watkins said.

At the time of the incidents, Johnson was free on bond in two robbery cases. He has since been indicted in connection with a third robbery .

Defense attorney Dan Franck said Johnson had been working and taking GED classes before his arrest last month. Johnson lives with his mother who is ill and needs his help, Franck said.

Senior Judge Roger Dunaway Jr. of the Toombs Judicial Circuit granted Johnson a $100,000 bond. Conditions include electronic monitoring and no contact with any minor.

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