Local man wanted in Texas arrested at area business

Joel Johnson; photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man wanted in Texas. Authorities say that at approximately 12:12 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to the 4500 block of North Long Road after Bartholomew County Sexual Violent Offender Registry Coordinator Rudy Olivo determined that 34-year-old Joel Johnson, of Seymour, was working at an area business. Authorities say Johnson was wanted in a felony case against a child.

Deputies arrived and quickly arrested Johnson without incident. He was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on the charge of Child Molesting. Johnson is awaiting extradition to Texas.

The Sheriff’s Department gave much credit to Olivio. They also noted that changes to the sheriff sales has freed up resources. “Due to the recent implementation of SRI, Rudy has more time to dedicate to Sex Offender checks and investigations, which led to the discovery of this Texas warrant,” said Capt. Brandon Slate.