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By Bill Stevenson
Whitman County Gazette 

Man charged with sending sexual texts, faces new charges

Accused sent texts from LaCrosse to Moscow teenager


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The man was charged after sending sexual texts to the minor.

MOSCOW – A sex offender faces charges of raping a 14-year-old Moscow girl after being charged for sending her sexual text messages 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.

Johnson was recently charged with two counts of rape of a minor while being an adult, according to Latah County, Idaho, court records. The teenage victim lives in Moscow, Idaho, which is in Latah County.

He faces a preliminary hearing in Latah County court in late May. His...

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