Transient sex offender accused of August rape at Tacoma bus stop

Staff writerFebruary 9, 2014 

A level III sex offender has been charged with a rape that happened at a Tacoma bus stop in August.

Harvey Sylvester Johnson was charged with one count of second-degree rape, and police have a warrant for his arrest.

According to charging papers:

Johnson grabbed a woman Aug. 1 as she was waiting for a bus at South 74th and Cedar streets and pulled her into a wooded area, where he assaulted her.

The woman was in shock after the attack and spoke with police after she went to the hospital the next day.

Johnson’s DNA in the state database matched that from the crime.

On Dec. 19, the victim identified Johnson from a photo montage as the man who raped her.

Johnson is registered as a sex offender with the King County Sheriff’s Office as a transient.

Level 3 offenders are those deemed most likely to reoffend.

The county sex offender database lists Johnson’s previous sex offences as third-degree rape and indecent liberties, both of which require him to register.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268


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