Man arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim under 16 after being discovered behind a business with his pants down


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Joseph Bryan Johnson, 46, was arrested early yesterday morning after Gainesville Police Department officers conducting a covert burglary detail saw him walking behind Munegin’s Bar on NW 13th Street at 4:30 a.m. with a 15-year-old girl and another person. The third person walked away quickly, but the man later identified as Johnson and the girl remained behind the business.

Officers searched the parking lot and heard thumping noises from the fenced-in area behind the business; they found that one of the two gates had been propped closed with bricks, and Johnson and the girl had entered the fenced-in area. When officers found Johnson, he was reportedly lying on his back with his pants down, with the girl nearby. When officers asked what he was doing, he reportedly said, “Having fun.” He also reportedly said he had permission to be on the property.

Officers also found a broken latch on a storage room in the fenced-in area, and the owner said the latch had not been broken previously, but he didn’t identify anything that was missing. The owner also reportedly said that Johnson did not have his permission to be in that area of the property.

Post Miranda, Johnson reportedly said that he thought the girl was 19 years old. He has been charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim under 16 years of age. Johnson has three felony convictions and a pending misdemeanor case for possession of marijuana. He is being held on $30,000 bail plus $870 in child support.

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  • Someone else believed what another told him? I’ve often said Democrats are some of the gullible people I’ve ever come across. Just more reinforcement.

    On a side note, what kind of idiot parent(s) allows their daughter to be out at 4:30 in the morning? Instead of being so supportive of abortion, they should have been.

    • I’m so confused what this has to do with democrats or republicans? This does not make sense lol. I’m a republican; however, I do not see a single mention of something political.

      Maybe you’re confused and on the wrong post? Or maybe you do not read with comprehension?

      No one believed what he said – we obviously know this because he was arrested. If the police believed his statements they would not checked his story with the owner.

      • Not confused, that would be Democrat voters. You’ve seen what they’ve been electing for public office haven’t you?

        As far as the alleged criminal being a Democrat, over 60% of people who live in Gainesville identify as Democrat, those who are black usually vote Democrat as well. I think the odds are in my favor.

        • So by your logic this man committed a crime because he is a democrat and democrats are being elected to office?

          My question is why does it matter his political affiliation? You sir are confused and show the problem with the world. It doesn’t matter. He did something illegal and dem or rep has no stance in this story.

          • Nope. My logic implied he is probably a Democrat because people in this “highly” educated community keep listening to the idiots they’ve elected to office. Even worse, they actually believe the likes of Arreola, Poe, Saco, Santos and Ward and will continue to vote for them despite the damage their ideologies are doing to the community.
            That’s not highly intelligent, it’s stupid. If you still believe those four, that’s your choice… there’s a sign for you somewhere.

      • The supervisor of elections had a representative signing felons Up in the jailhouse as democrats and this guy fits the bill…

  • I feel bad for that young girl having to deal with him. He has always been this way and will never change or grow up. If you get to read this Bryan you deserve prison! You’ve always been a thief and your old enough to know better than to be messing with young children your a father yourself.

  • 46 and still not growd up? No chance in a college town certificate of unachievement coming to your cell, soon. Just have to hire a new postal worker first…

  • A 15 year old girl out on the streets at 4:30AM ???!!! Obviously no father or mother in sight. It’s wonderful what a contiguous family can can do in raising a child, and can be so horrifically terrible when even one parent is gone.

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