Friday, October 24, 2014

Former principal facing child sex assault charges
by Tiffany Tarpley

MILWAUKEE---A former principal of a Milwaukee charter school is facing more than a dozen charges related to sexual assault.

Ronnie Johnson, 46, was formally charged Tuesday in connection with allegations he sexually assaulted three brothers, who are now 16 and 18 years old, over the course of ten years.  The alleged victims attended the YMCA's Young Leaders Academy where Johnson was principal at the time.

According to the criminal complaint, Johnson assaulted the boys at homes in Milwaukee and Brown Deer. The boys said they would spend the night and get paid to do odd jobs around Johnson's home.  They also said other students would "hang out" at his home as well.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee issued the following statement:
"The safety and security of children in our care always has been and always will be our first concern. We are shocked and appalled to learn of the serious allegations made against a former principal of the Young Leaders Academy. We understand that formal charges have been filed against this individual by the authorities and intend to cooperate fully with the police investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the alleged victims and their family."

After his arrest, Johnson was fired from a new charter school that was set to open this Fall.