Corrections officer arrested for sexual battery

From Local Sources


VINCENNES — A Knox County Correctional Officer turned himself in Wednesday after authorities accused him of sexual battery, official misconduct and trafficking with an inmate.

Indiana State Police say Knox County Correctional Officer Malyk J. Johnson, 23, of Montgomery, was assigned to pick up a 37-year-old female inmate from the Henderson County Jail in Kentucky on Feb. 17 and transport her back to Knox County to face local criminal charges.

While traveling back to Vincennes, police said, Johnson allegedly stopped at a gas station in Princeton and purchased a tobacco product for the inmate. After they entered Knox County that afternoon, police said, Johnson allegedly pulled over onto Stokley Road just off of U.S. 41 and sexually assaulted the female inmate.

The inmate reported the incident to her attorney, who then contacted the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office was unaware of the incident until the prosecutor’s office was notified.

Johnson was arrested after he turned himself in at the Knox County Jail. He was then transferred to the Pike County Jail.

Authorities have charged Johnson with Level 4 felony sexual battery, Level 6 felony official misconduct and misdemeanor trafficking with an inmate.

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