More charges have been added to a former Guilford Public Schools teacher who was first arrested in February on sex crime charges involving students.
Mark Johnson Jr, age 34, was first arrested on Feb. 24 on two counts of first-degree statutory rape and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Johnson was issued a $1 million bond and remained in custody.
By mid-March, four new charges were added. Johnson was charged with two more counts of indecent liberties and two counts of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13,14,15-year-old by a person 6 years older. His bond was increased to $2 million and he stayed incarcerated.
The new charges added on May 19 bring his total to 15. The charges include 2 counts of statutory rape/sex offense with a 13, 14, or 15-year-old by a person 6 years older, 2 counts of taking indecent liberties with children by a school official, 1 count of taking indecent liberties with children, and 1 count of solicitation of a child by computer.
Johnson’s bond is now $3 million and he is still in custody at the Greensboro Detention Center in Guilford County.
The full list of charges with a breakdown by date:
- 2 counts of first degree statutory rape (Feb. 24)
- 4 counts of statutory rape/sex offense with a 13, 14, or 15-year-old by a person 6 years older (2 counts Mar. 13, 2 counts May 19)
- 5 counts of taking indecent liberties with children (2 counts Feb. 24, 2 counts Mar. 13, 1 count May 19)
- 2 counts of taking indecent liberties with children by a school official (May 19)
- 1 count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (May 19)
- 1 count of solicitation of a child by computer (May 19)
Johnson’s next court date is Aug. 8.
According to the district, Johnson resigned from his position on Feb. 22 without giving the statutorily required 30 days’ notice.
Johnson was working at Page High School at the time of his arrest, but he had worked for the district in the past.
Fox 8 reported that Johnson was investigated for sexual misconduct in 2019 while working for Guilford County Public Schools. At that time, he had resigned and then was rehired by the district in Aug. 2022.
GCS past employment:
The license on file with the state for “Mark Johnson, Jr.” was issued in July 2022 in the area of Business Information Technology Education. The license expires in June 2027 but may be revoked if Johnson is convicted or if he surrenders the license.
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