MOORESVILLE, N.C. – A Mooresville man was among 50 people arrested during an online child exploitation sting last week.
Richard Dennis Johnson, 47, was arrested on January 8 in Oviedo, Florida after investigators said he traveled there to meet a teen.
Johnson, a Lowe’s employee, is accused of meeting the teen online then traveling there to meet in person and have sex. He was one of 50 people arrested in “Operation Cardea” by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
“Individuals arrested ranged from age 19 to 60 and included a teacher, a tourist visiting from Turkey, school employees, college students, and a man on business from North Carolina,” the FBI said in a statement.
Police say Johnson arrived around 9:15 p.m. on January 8 at a home to meet who he thought was a 15-year-old male. An ad was posted by Johnson online stating that he was “looking for a buddy to play,” the police report states.
Johnson is charged with using a computer to solicit a minor and traveling to meet a minor for sex.
A Lowe's spokeswoman said Johnson was in the loss prevention department at Lowe's but has since been fired.