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Man charged with molesting child who was using the bathroom

Police: Man turned off lights, then attacked child
Posted at 6:50 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 23:22:11-04

An arrest affidavit from the St. Petersburg police department in Florida chronicles a bizarre encounter between a 33-year-old man and a child younger than 12 years old.

Solomon Johnson was arrested for two counts of child abuse and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation.

St. Petersburg police said Johnson entered a restroom, “turned off the lights in the bathroom where he then grabbed the victim's bare buttocks with both hands.”

The victim told Johnson to stop, according to the report, and Johnson stopped and then began shooting water from a water gun into the child’s eyes.

“I think that's anybody's fear as a parent,” Coral said. Coral did not want us to use her last name.  She drops her 10-year-old daughter off at the neighbor's house next door at her babysitter.  

“It's really scary,” Coral said. “My best advise to anyone, you have to know the people who are around your children as best as possible. Cause even the closest people can do that, and that is what's scary you really don't know sometimes.”

Solomon has a lengthy criminal history according to court records. He has been arrested for charges that range from domestic violence, simple assault, and drug charges to name a few.

A man who identified himself as Johnson’s brother said the family did not want to comment on the allegations, and that he didn't know what happened.