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Sheriff’s office provides examples of holding sex offenders accountable

From left are Mario Galvez-Molina, Dustin Johnson and Lauren Patrea King. (YCSO/Courtesy)

From left are Mario Galvez-Molina, Dustin Johnson and Lauren Patrea King. (YCSO/Courtesy)

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office maintains very rigorous sex offender accountability in partnership with probation and parole officials to insure compliance with registration requirements and probation conditions. Below are just two examples of this ongoing effort.

On Sept. 26, 31-year-old Mario Galvez-Molina from Cottonwood, was arrested and booked for three counts involving knowingly and intentionally failing to disclose his online identifiers as required. Identifiers include email addresses and social media accounts. Galvez-Molina is on active probation as a registered sex offender. During his registration verification in early 2016, he failed to disclose the mandatory information.

Galvez-Molina was also booked on a probation violation warrant issued by the Yavapai County Superior Court. He posted a bond on Oct. 1 and was released.

On Sept. 18, 27-year old Dustin Johnson from Dewey, was charged with three counts of failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, two counts of forgery (signing sex offender registration document without disclosing online identifiers), and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Johnson was already in custody in the Camp Verde Detention Center on a probation violation.

During the probation violation arrest, Johnson was found in possession of a smartphone that originally contained email addresses not disclosed as required during registration. Probation officials found a non-sexual image of a minor-aged child on one of the accounts. Later the same day, the probation officer discovered the phone had been remotely erased and the online internet history and any images gone. Johnson denied this action at the time.

YCSO detectives served search warrants for the cellphone data and the online accounts and after a forensic download, the information was retrieved. Johnson was interviewed on Sept. 18, 2017, and admitted his telling his girlfriend to remotely “wipe” the phone that was in the custody of probation officers. He was charged as indicated and remains in custody.

Lauren King, 31, Johnson’s girlfriend, was located the following day and booked on charges of tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution. She has since been released on a $1,500 bond. She declined to discuss the matter.

Information provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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