Sex offender pleads not guilty to rape at Tacoma bus stop

Staff writerMay 1, 2014 

Courtesy of Washington's Most Wanted.

A convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree rape in connection with an attack on a woman at a Tacoma bus stop.

Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Harvey Johnson, 49, held without bail.

Johnson allegedly assaulted a woman Aug. 1 as she waited for the bus at S. 74th and Cedar streets. He dragged her into a nearby wooded area, punched her several times as she struggled and assaulted her, according to charging papers.

The victim went to the hospital the following day and had a rape exam done. In December, DNA testing linked Johnson to the sexual assault.

“I no longer feel safe anywhere,” the victim wrote to the court in an impact statement. “He needs to be locked up in prison so no woman will be raped by him again.”

Johnson is a level 3 sex offender, considered the most likely to re-offend.

He was arrested on a bus in SeaTac in March, one week after he was featured on Washington’s Most Wanted. Johnson was also wanted at that time for failing to register as a sex offender in King County.

Johnson’s priors include a 1987 conviction for indecent liberties in King County and a 1997 conviction for indecent liberties and third-degree rape for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl who was riding her bike past him.

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