Johnson

POLK COUNTY—A man convicted of sexual assault of a child in Burnett County in 2003 was charged this week with victimizing another child, this time in Polk County.

Mark E. Johnson, 68, of Balsam Lake is a registered sex offender who, following a 2003 conviction in Burnett County, was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with juvenile females. In that case Johnson pled guilty to charges resulting from videotaping himself sexually assaulting a minor, and then making her watch those and other videos of himself. 

Johnson served one year in jail and ten years of probation in the case, and could have served up to 15 years in prison had he violated his probation. 

The latest criminal complaint filed Aug. 25 in Polk County describes an incident that is believed to have happened on July 4 of this year. A 12-year-old girl reported that she was alone with Johnson at a relative’s home when he took her to the garage to check her for ticks. The victim told authorities that Johnson touched her genital area and exposed himself to her. 

At the time of the investigation and subsequent charges, Johnson’s whereabouts were unknown. 

But according to the criminal complaint, Johnson returned a phone call to the victim’s mother and left a voicemail that included statements of “it only took three seconds,” and “there was nothing more to it,” explaining he didn’t want the victim to be dragged through court for “his stupid actions” and that he hoped he didn’t traumatize her in any way.

An arrest warrant and attempt-to-locate notification were issued on Aug. 25. He was taken into custody on Aug. 28.

Johnson is being held at the Polk County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond. He is charged with 1st degree sexual assault of a child and child enticement/exposing himself. During a preliminary hearing held Aug. 31, Johnson was bound over for further proceedings yet to be scheduled.