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Ex-Clark County deputy accused in sex case indicted

Published: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

The ex-Clark County Sheriff’s deputy faces two counts of sexual battery for incidents alleged to have occurred with female inmates

A former Clark County deputy was indicted on felony counts after being accused of having two Clark County Jail inmates perform a sex act on him.

Marcus Johnson IV, 26, was indicted on two counts of sexual battery in Clark County Common Pleas Court, according to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.

A next court date in the case was not set.

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Johnson resigned from the sheriff’s office last week after the office launched an investigation into allegations that Johnson had two inmates perform oral sex on him.

He was arrested in connection with that investigation on Dec. 31.

A court affidavit shows Johnson allegedly exposed himself in the jail kitchen and asked an “inmate that she perform oral sex on him.”

When questioned about that incident, Johnson reportedly admitted that he had oral sex performed on him by the inmate, the affidavit shows. The inmate denied the act happened.

During his questioning, deputies said Johnson advised he also had oral sex with another inmate in the hallway bathroom by the roll call room, according to the affidavit.

“On Dec. 23, the camera shows (the inmate) and Deputy Johnson leaving the bathroom area and Deputy Johnson reaching up and moving the camera to the right, so it would no longer show the bathroom door area,” the affidavit read.

“The sheriff’s office immediately opened a criminal investigation into these alleged actions and placed two employees on administrative leave,” Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said in a statement.

Johnson’s bond was set at $20,000 last week during an initial appearance in Clark County Municipal Court.

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He pleaded not guilty to the two municipal court charges. Johnson was originally booked in the Greene County Jail, according to online records, but is no longer listed as an inmate.

A Springfield News-Sun investigation revealed last week that Johnson was passed over by the Miami Twp. Police Department when he applied to become a police officer there because of questionable activity he admitted to during a polygraph test.

One of the lengthiest sections of the polygraph report is when officers summarized what Johnson told them about his sex activities.

The report says he told Miami Twp. police that while he was working as a police officer for Wilberforce University in 2016, he had sex with a woman in a closed fitness room on campus while he was off-duty.

Johnson also admitted to visiting what he called a “swinger’s club” in Dayton in 2016 to have sex.

He also admitted to police that in 2013, he gave a woman gas money in exchange for sex, officials said.

Johnson also told police during the polygraph exam that he watched porn on his phone at work at least four or five times, the report said.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has launched an internal investigation into the matter, officials said.