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HERE'S THE LATEST -- Oakdale Man Arrested For Molestation
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By Kim Van Meter

Riverbank Sheriff's detectives arrested 56-year-old Oakdale man accused of several felony counts of sexual abuse against a 7-year-old child came forward and reported the abuse to the Oakdale Police Department.

Jerry Franklin Johnson, who also goes by the name of Jeff, was arrested and booked for one felony count of sexual penetration with a foreign object, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation of victim under 16-years-old, and lewd or luscious acts with a child under 14-years-old. He is being held in the Stanislaus County Jail with a bail of $125,000.

Johnson, who is a member of the Church of Christ congregation in Oakdale, may have been molesting children as far back as 1981, some of who were his own relatives. Police are still conducting interviews and urging Johnson's victims to come forward.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Detective Walsh or Detective Copeland at Riverbank Police Services 869-7162. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 and be eligible for a cash reward.

Look for the complete story in the May 7 issue of the Oakdale Leader.