Suffolk man accused of sexually assaulting juvenile neighbor

Samuel Johnson (Photo: Suffolk police)

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man here is facing a slew of sex charges after investigators say he sexually assaulted a young boy on at least two occasions.

The 10-year-old victim’s mother says she’s heartbroken.

“It’s very hurtful to know that you can’t have your kids out here with the other kids having a good time without someone else, a grown person for that matter, messing with your kid,” said the woman, whose identity we’re withholding to protect the identify of the victim. “Your first reaction would be to hurt him … but you just let the Lord take care of it.”

Samuel Johnson, 58, of the 300 block of Goodman Street, was arrested on Feb. 14 after authorities executed a search warrant.

Charging documents say Johnson lured the boy into his home with video games, candy and toys.

The first incident allegedly happened between May and August, when the victim was nine-years-old. A second incident happened between August and February, according to investigators.

Court papers say Johnson approached the boy as he was waiting for a friend outside. Once in the home, investigators say Johnson put his hands down the boy’s pants.

Larequika Boone, a neighbor with a six-month-old child, was shocked to learn of the allegations.

“I’ll have to explain that to my daughter when she get’s older: Just because a stranger comes to you with candy, toys and a puppy, that’s a no-no,” she said.

The victim’s mom says her son is doing okay. She’s happy police made an arrest and she’s hoping the community learns from her unfortunate situation.

“Make sure you keep a close eye on your kids and communicate more with the parents and the people within the community to make sure everyone’s kids are safe.”

Johnson is facing several charges, including two counts of forcible sodomy of a victim under age 13, two counts of object sexual penetration of a victim under age 13, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of enticing another into a dwelling with the intent to commit a felony. He is being held without bond at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

Additional charges are pending and police are still investigating. If you know anything about this case, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.