Thursday, July 15, 2010

September Arraignment Set For Alleged Rapist

A September 20th arraignment date has been set for a Cookeville man, indicted by the Putnam County grand jury on charges of rape. Authorities say 26-year-old Michael Tyrone Johnson of West Fourth Street is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in her home back in December. Police say the delay in presenting evidence in the case to the grand jury came about because of their decision to wait on test results from the state's crime lab. Johnson was already in jail, serving time for violating probation in a previous case, when he was indicted for the most recent crime. His bond on the rape charge is $25,000, but he won't be eligible for release from jail until he finishes his sentence for violation of probation.