Los Angeles park employee accused of lewd acts with children


Donald Lee Johnson, 62, was arrested after Parks and Recreation personnel alerted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Parks Bureau to evidence related to an employee involved in inappropriate behavior with minors in an office at Ted Watkins Memorial Park in an unincorporated area near South Los Angeles, according to authorities.

Detectives investigated the allegations and subsequently arrested Johnson, a recreational leader at the park and employee of the department for 40 years.

Four victims have been identified, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and Johnson has been arrested on multiple counts of lewd acts with a child under 15 years old. He was booked at the South Los Angeles Sheriff's Station, and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Sheriff's detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying other possible victims or witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273 or SpecialVictims@lasd.org. People wishing to remain anonymous can call L.A. Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or visit lacrimestoppers.org.

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