Carmel man arrested, accused of molesting 3 girls at neighborhood pool party

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CARMEL, Ind. – Carmel police arrested a man accused of molesting three young girls at a neighborhood pool party.

Anthony S. Johnson, 50, is charged with seven counts of child molesting and two counts of criminal confinement.

Police began investigating three reports of abuse on August 18, 2017 that stemmed from a neighborhood pool party on August 12, 2017.

According to court documents, Johnson touched a 10-year-old girl under her bathing suit while they were in the pool. She told police she tried to swim away, but he kept pulling her back toward him. She said he touched her three or four times.

Two other girls, ages 8 and 9, also reported the Johnson touched them several times. They were in a playroom when Johnson said he wanted to tell them a joke but said they needed to lay down first, according to a report. That’s when Johnson inappropriately touched the young girls under their bathing suits, according to court documents.

The girls told police Johnson held them down by their legs.

According to the report filed with police, one girl attempted to leave the room before Johnson dragged her back into the room. He eventually stopped when the other kids returned to the playroom, and the girls ran upstairs and locked themselves in a bedroom.

Police arrested Johnson on August 22, and he was transported to the Hamilton County Jail. His bond was set at $195,000.

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