|New details have been released related to the fire that killed two people at a home on County Road 296 last week. According to Carroll County Sheriff Troy Hofstetter, a Carrollton teen was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree statutory rape.
The arrest of Theopolis Johnson III, 17, comes after a lengthy investigation into a trailer fire on Oct. 21. The names of the victims have not been officially released. The home reportedly belongs to Kristin Howery. She has not been found. Authorities believe a 13-year-old girl was one of the victims, but they have not made a positive identification.
According to the probable cause statement from Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Cassandra Brown, the 13-year-old girl was 22 weeks pregnant. Johnson denied having sexual intercourse in May and did not submit to an oral swab to assist in determining the paternity of the unborn child.
Tissue samples were obtained from the fetus on Monday. The Missouri State Technical Assistance Team received a laboratory report Thursday stating Johnson’s father was likely the grandfather. Johnson and his father had lived with the family for about two years.
Johnson is being held on a $75,000 bond.
Press Release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
One felony charge was filed Thursday by Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Cassandra Brown against Theopolis H. Johnson, III, age 17, for allegedly knowingly having sexual intercourse with K.J.C., a child less than fourteen years old. If convicted of the charge, Johnson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The charge is merely an accusation and Johnson is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The charge against Johnson comes as a result of information provided to the prosecuting attorney’s office after an extensive investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department along with the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team. The investigation continues by the Sheriff’s Department with the help of other investigative agencies, and further charges may be filed as additional information is obtained and verified.
Johnson was arrested Thursday evening in New Jersey. We are currently awaiting information on whether Johnson will waive extradition and be returned to Missouri.