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Johnson pleads not guilty to sex abuse

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POLSON — A Polson man is accused of attempting to solicit a 13-year-old girl, allegedly for sex, as she was walking home from school recently.

Scott William Johnson, 59, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Oct. 26 to felony sexual abuse of children.

According to court records, on Oct. 5 a deputy with the Lake County Sheriff’s office responded to a report that a man attempted to solicit a 13-year-old as she was walking home from school. The alleged victim told the deputy that a man in a white work truck stopped near her and stated, “you look like a fine young lady, look all grown up” and that her “body was all grown up.” The girl told the deputy that this made her feel uncomfortable, so she replied, “thank you” and continued walking away. She said the man continued with his soliciting, so she began recording the conversation on her mobile phone. The man allegedly offered the girl $100 if she could come over to his house around 7 or 8 p.m. The girl told the man she was a child and not of legal consenting age. She said the man began to drive away from her, but stopped and came back and asked if she was recording him. He also allegedly asked the girl to not tell anyone and keep everything quiet and again said if she came over, he would pay her.

The deputy was able to locate Johnson at his residence. Johnson allegedly admitted that he talked to a girl earlier that day.

Judge Molly Owen set the case for trial April 3. Johnson is at liberty after posting a $50,000 bond.

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