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By Bill Stevenson
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Moscow sex offender charged for sexting teen


Sora Shimazaki I Pexels

COLFAX - A registered sex offender faces felony charges for sending sexual text messages to a Moscow teenager while staying in LaCrosse.

Austin T. Johnson, 23, of Moscow, Idaho, is charged with two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes in Whitman County Superior Court on Feb. 17.

In the late summer of 2020, a woman contacted the Moscow police about finding sexual texts on her daughter's phone. The messages were allegedly between Johnson and a teenage girl in Moscow, Idaho discussing sex, according to court records.

A search warrant revealed Johnson appeared to have take...

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