Sodomy suspect returns to Coffee County to face 1997 grand jury charges
Law enforcement officials gave meaning to the saying “you can run but you can’t hide” recently when a suspect who reportedly avoided charges in Coffee County for 11 years was apprehended in Georgia.
According to Chief Deputy R.W. Whitworth, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department was contacted Saturday, Dec. 8, by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department regarding Danny Thomas Johnson, age 43. Fulton County officials said they had Johnson in custody at that time.
Major D.H. Hughes of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department, detention division, said their agency arrested Johnson in Norcross, Ga. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Deputies from the agency along with the U.S. Marshall’s Southeast Regional Task Force served a foreign warrant from the Atlanta Police Department to arrest Johnson as the suspect for molestation of a minor.
Following his arrest in Georgia, Whitworth said officials discovered through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database that Johnson was wanted in Coffee County on grand jury indictments from 11 years ago. A fugitive from justice warrant was obtained, and Johnson subsequently waived extradition from Georgia to Alabama.
In cooperation with the 12th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office, Whitworth said investigator Patrick Norris traveled to Fulton County to pick-up Johnson and return him to Alabama. The suspect arrived Wednesday, Dec. 19, and was placed in the Coffee County Jail on two counts of sodomy first degree handed down by the Coffee County grand jury terms of March 1997 and December 1997. Each charge holds a $20,000 bond.
According to reports, Johnson was 33-years-old at the time of the alleged offense, and the victim was under the age of 12. The investigation was initiated by the Enterprise Police Department.