Lawrence man, 19, charged with aggravated criminal sodomy

photo by: Mackenzie Clark

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., is pictured on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

A Lawrence man was charged Tuesday in Douglas County District Court with three child sex crimes.

Angel G. Fitzgerald Johns, 19, was arrested on a probable cause warrant Monday afternoon at the address listed as his home, according to jail records.

Lawrence police had arrested Fitzgerald Johns in September, but he was released without being charged at that time, jail records show.

On Tuesday, he had a first appearance in court where he was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy against a child, both high-severity felonies, and a misdemeanor, promoting obscenity to minors. The offenses are alleged to have occurred between June and September of this year, according to the charging document.

Should Fitzgerald Johns make bond, he would be placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring and only allowed to leave with permission from the court, and he was ordered not to contact the alleged victim.

Fitzgerald Johns’ bond was initially set at $250,000 cash or surety. Asked whether there was anything he’d like to say about his bond, Fitzgerald said, “No, your honor.”

Douglas County District Court Judge Pro Tem James George, citing Fitzgerald Johns’ financial status and the restrictive bond conditions should he be released, lowered the amount to $100,000 cash or surety. That means Fitzgerald Johns would still likely have to pay a bondsman $10,000 upfront to be released from jail while his case is pending.

Fitzgerald Johns’ next court date is set for Dec. 22. As of Tuesday afternoon, he remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office declined Tuesday to release Fitzgerald Johns’ booking photo to the Journal-World.