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Apr
14

Police rebook man on more sex crime, tattooing of minor …

A man booked last month on sex trafficking and tattooing of a minor charges was rebooked Monday (April 8) on more charges after police encountered another teenager with infected tattoos, court records show.

New Orleans police first arrested Darnell Johnson, 26, after a 17-year-old runaway girl told detectives he let her keep clothes at his house while she and another girl were being pimped out by two other men. Johnson gave the girl tattoos, including the one on the face, court records show.

Police said Johnson tattooed the 17-year-old girl during the same time period the girl and two other men, later identified as Jayson Figueroa and Cordarrell Rudolph, pimped out a 16-year-old runaway. After Figueroa and Rudolph had sex with the 16-year-old girl, they dropped the two girls off at Johnsons house, the records said.

A total of five people, including Figueroa and Rudolph, were arrested in New Orleans and St. Tammany Parish as a result of the investigation into sex trafficking in which police said girls who were being pimped out were also given tattoos, including a face tattoo for one girl that read numb, according to court records.

5 arrested in connection to sex-trafficking, tattooing of minors in New Orleans, St. Tammany

State troopers found a 16-year-old girl in a hotel after they believe she was drugged, beat and raped by seven men over the course of a week, according to court documents.

A week after Johnsons arrest, police encountered a 15-year-old in the 2400 block of Robert E. Lee Boulevard with several tattoos, including infected ones on each of her forearms. The girl boasted about the tattoos, but complained about their painfulness. The officer took her to the Childrens Hospital, where she was treated for a multitude of complaints, according to the new arrest warrant for Johnson.

The officer rummaged through evidence acquired by search warrant from Johnson and discovered a piece of paper with a sketch that mirrored the tattoo on the 15-year-old girl. When the detective asked the teen about her tattoos, she said she had met a man at his home, where he gave her three tattoos. The man later picked her up and allegedly had sex with her in his vehicle. When shown a picture of Johnson, she confirmed he was the man in question, the warrant shows.

Police rebooked Johnson on Monday on additional charges of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and tattooing of juveniles. His bond was set at $17,500 for the new charges. As of his rebooking, Johnson had not posted the $22,000 bond related to the March charges.

The 26-year-old has a lengthy criminal history in Orleans and Jefferson parishes with a carnal knowledge of juvenile conviction from 2016 and domestic abuse convictions from 2014 and 2017.

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