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Humboldt Man Accused of Offering Teen Money for Sex

JACKSON, Tenn. – A Humboldt man was arrested after he allegedly offered to pay a teen for sex.

According to a news release, Paul Richard Johnson, 48, of Humboldt, is charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted aggravated statutory rape of a 17-year-old girl.

Police said that, on May 28, a Jackson father brought his 17-year-old daughter to the Jackson Police Department to report the alleged incident. The father and Johnson were friends.

Investigators believe that on the evening of May 28, Johnson was at the home of the teen and her father in Jackson. Johnson reportedly touched the teen on the thigh and made unwanted sexual advances toward her. He also allegedly offered to pay the teen money for sex. The teen said she declined Johnson's advances and offer and told her father.

Investigators issued a warrant for Johnson's arrest on May 31. He surrendered at 9:45 a.m. on June 11 at the Jackson Police Department.

Johnson, 48, was arraigned in Jackson City Court, Wednesday. His bond was set at $30,000. His next scheduled court appearance is 1:30 p.m. on June 20 in City Court.