The Missouri State Highway Patrol Probable Cause Statement names Erica I. Johnson, 20, of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire attempted a Class A Felony of Child Kidnapping.
The statement includes information stating Johnson was contacted by an 11 year old female, who resides in Monroe County, in January of 2020.
Johnson, who is also known as Oliver, began communication with the female juvenile over the next four months through several social media platforms including Discord, Snapchat, Facebook, and by voice and text messages via a cellular phone. Investigators were told the communication between the individuals occurred every day.
The juvenile told investigators she told Johnson she was 12 years old in February or March, and Johnson had revealed being 20 or 21 years old in January or February.
Johnson arrived in Monroe County on April 25 to meet the juvenile. Johnson flew from Boston, Massachusetts to Chicago, Illinois, then Chicago to St. Louis. From St. Louis Johnson rode a Greyhound bus to Columbia and used LYFT to travel to Monroe County. Johnson brought a suitcase with male type clothing for the juvenile to wear.
When Johnson arrived at the juvenile’s house, the juveniles mother was told Johnson was 16 and a cousin of a friend. Johnson had rented a motel room in Monroe City for two nights and was scheduled to fly out of St. Louis to Boston on April 27.
The juvenile’s mother notified law enforcement when she thought Johnson looked older than 16 years old.
Johnson was arrested on May 11, 2020, by members of the New Hampshire State Police. Johnson is currently in custody in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, awaiting extradition to Missouri. Her bond has been set at $50,000, cash only. Johnson also uses name aliases Oliver Johnson and Oliver Maxwell.
The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to promptly report to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children. If you, or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave, please call your local law enforcement or the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at: 1-888-3737-888; or text 233733 (BeFree).
The above charge is mere accusation and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.