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Man exposed genitals during video calls with underage girl, cops say
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Man exposed genitals during video calls with underage girl, cops say

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James Johnson, 45, of Hobart.

HOBART — A Hobart man is accused of exposing his penis to an underage girl living in Alabama during FaceTime video chats, court records allege. 

James Johnson, 45, first ended up on law enforcement's radar last year in Centre, Alabama where officers were investigating allegations he was using the social video platform to send inappropriate images to females and minors. 

When questioned by police, Johnson allegedly admitted to making "several phone calls" like this in the past, court documents state. 

Johnson was first charged Oct. 1 in Lake Superior Court with dissemination of matters harmful to minors and possession of child pornography, level 6 felonies.

Hobart detective Zachary Crawford said Centre, Alabama police contacted the local department, saying they received information that an unidentified white male called an underage girl several times and displaying his genitals to her, records show.

The victim told police she received a phone call from a man, later identified as Johnson, on July 23, according to Centre, Alabama detectives. 

"The first time he called, Victim 1 told the caller that she was 11 years and he hung up," the report states. "Victim 1 is actually 15 years old but told the male caller that she was only 11." 

"He then called back and displayed his penis to her and asked her to send him photographs of her breasts," the report continues. 

The victim's mother learned of the incident and contacted Centre, Alabama police, records state. 

A reverse telephone lookup found three associated individuals all living in Lake County, including Johnson living on Ian Drive in Hobart, records show. 

Once detectives determined Johnson was the owner of the cellphone, Hobart police were asked to conduct surveillance of his home, eventually making an arrest. 

Once in custody, Johnson initially denied making the calls but later allegedly admitted he found the girl's number from an Instagram or Snapchat account. 

He admitted displaying his genitals to the girl using FaceTime and requesting a photo of her breasts, records state. 

Johnson "tried to claim that he misheard the girl when she said she was 11 years old and thought she said 18 years old," records state. 

On Wednesday, Johnson was granted a request in court for a continuance in the case. 

His next court date is 8:45 a.m. Feb. 14 before Judge Aleksandra Dimitrijevic.

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North Lake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at lauren.cross@nwi.com or 219-933-3206.

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