Gymnastics Coach Arrested on Sexual Charges; Incidents Occurred as Juvenile Victim was Student

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Joplin Police state, "A child victim disclosed Kip Andrew Johnson had sexually assaulted him at 2502 S Evan Wood Terrace, Joplin, Jasper County, Misouri."

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin Police make an arrest in an ongoing criminal investigation Tuesday after serving a search warrant at a Joplin, Missouri, residence, 2502 South Evan Wood Terrace.

On February 2, 2021 Investigators with the Joplin Police Department arrested Kip A. Johnson, age 45, of Joplin, in regard to a statutory sodomy case. The arrest is a result of an ongoing criminal investigation from incidents that have occurred during the years 2018 and 2019. The juvenile victim was assaulted by Johnson, who at the time, was a gymnastics coach for the victim. Investigators executed a search warrant at the home of Mr. Johnson on today’s date.

JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

Detective Laken Rawlins of the Joplin Police Department states on January 27, 2021, she investigated a report submitted by the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline. “A child victim disclosed Kip Andrew Johnson had sexually assaulted him at 2502 S Evan Wood Terrace, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.”

Google Street View, 2502 S. Evan Wood Terrace, date unknown.

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit filed by the Joplin Police Department, the boy was coached by Johnson. Incidents occurred at the Joplin address and numerous other times, as they traveled to gymnastics competitions across the country.

Click to view Probable Cause Affidavit from Joplin Police.

“The victim, [child victim] disclosed multiple sexual assaults that occurred by Johnson during 2018 to 2019. [Child victim] reported the sexual assaults occurred on numerous occasions. Johnson was serving as [child victim] gymnastics coach during the period. The sexual assaults occurred in Joplin, Missouri, and various locations where gymnastics competitions were held in the United States. Johnson began messaging the child through social media and text messages.”

The Probable Cause Affidavit outlines charges of:

  • Felony Sexual Abuse (1st Degree) RSMO 566.100
  • Felony Statutory Sodomy (2nd Degree) RSMO 566.064

Johnson is currently being held on a no bond warrant in the Joplin City Jail.

Joplin Police also tell us that there could be other victims who have yet to come forward. If you or anyone you know have information you can contact the Joplin Police Department, 417-623-3131. This child victim was first reported through the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline, 800-392-3738.

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