ARCADIA, Fla. (WISH) – An Indiana man convicted of child molesting has been on the run since mid-March. On Tuesday, he was captured in Florida.
Authorities in Henry County say 48-year-old Timothy L. Johnson of Knightstown was captured in the Riverside RV Resort and Campground in Arcadia, Florida by members of the U.S. Marshall’s Service. He was convicted by a jury on March 18 of four counts of child molesting –two Class A felonies, and two Class C felonies.
Officials say he failed to appear for his trial, which began on March 17, and had been on the run ever since. A warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear for his trial.
An extradition hearing was scheduled for Johnson in DeSoto County, Florida on Wednesday. Authorities say once he returns to Indiana, a sentencing hearing will be scheduled. Johnson faces a penalty range of 20 to 50 years on the two Class A felonies and two to eight years on the two Class C felonies.
Johnson’s capture was coordinated by the U.S. Marshall’s Service, Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force, Henry County Indiana Sheriff’s Department and the DeSoto County Florida Sheriff’s Department.