Convicted sex offender Robert L. Johnson, of Missouri, is in trouble after being caught teaching children horseback riding lessons. The owner of Johnson’s Performance Horses, located in Miller, is charged with violating his probation for a third time.
Johnson was convicted in 2001 of molesting a 14-year-old horseback riding student in Connecticut. “The offender would fondle the minor child’s breasts and buttocks, there were also other accounts from various other complainants that described similar behavior and more severe,” the arrest affidavit states.
Johnson’s website continues to market his reining, trail, extreme cowboy racing, versatility ranch, and all-around performance horse services to children. The site states Johnson “has trained and coached hundreds of youth and amateurs to wins at State thru National levels.”
Due to the conditions of Johnson’s probation, he is not allowed to have contact with children.
In May, authorities learned Johnson was giving minors horseback riding lessons. They contacted the mother of a 12-year-old female student at Johnson’s Performance Horses who said she did not know Johnson was a sex offender. The mother pulled her daughter from lessons and showed the officers video of Johnson teaching riding lessons to children. Johnson said “I didn’t think I would get caught” when he was confronted with the video, the arrest affidavit states.
A sex offender treatment progress report written by Richard Jenkins states he has “grave concerns” regarding Johnson’s behavior. “It is obvious to me Robert has no intention to follow supervision requirements as long as they interfere with what he wishes to do…”
In 2011, Johnson was sent back to prison after he attended the same AQHA horse show as his victim without his probation officer’s permission.
Johnson moved to Missouri in February 2013 utilizing probation’s Interstate Compact transfer process. A month later he was placed on an electronic monitoring system after he went into an adult store to purchase massage oils. A year later, Johnson violated his probation after a drug test came back positive for alcohol.
After Johnson’s most recent “blatant disregard for the requirements of supervision” paired with his history, Jenkins concludes in his report that Johnson is “a danger to the community”. Jenkins recommends that Johnson be returned to Connecticut to “deal with his failure to comply”.
Johnson was arrested in July and is out on $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to be back in court on January 26, 2016.