Father & Son arrested in Human Trafficking Investigation

A Bail Bondsman and his adult son have both been arrested on multiple state charges stemming from a joint human trafficking investigation led by the Louisiana State Police and FBI.  

53-year-old James E. Johnson Jr. of Bush. Johnson has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for violation of two counts of Human Trafficking, two counts of First Degree Rape, and one count of Sexual Battery. 

Detectives were notified that Johnson solicited sexual favors from multiple victims in exchange for bond debt relief. Based on evidence, Detectives executed five search warrants at various businesses and properties in Covington and Amite. 27 firearms were seized from Johnson’s residence and businesses. He was arrested without incident at his office in Covington and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

During the course of executing the search warrant at a business in Amite, Investigators discovered evidence of pornography involving juveniles. The discovery lead to the arrest of Johnson’s 31 year-old son Patrick Johnson, who is also a bail bondsman.  Patrick Johnson was booked into the Amite Jail with three counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles.  

The investigation is on-going. Additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming. 

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