Belton man charged in child porn case allegedly involving his son’s girlfriend

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BELTON, Mo. -- A 36-year-old man is being charged in connection to a child pornography case which allegedly involves his son’s 15-year-old girlfriend.

A case was filed against Daniel A. Johnson, 36, on Tuesday in regards to an investigation which stems from July 1, 2015.

According to court documents Johnson sent and received sexually explicit text and video messages with a 15-year-old girl via an application called “Kik.” Johnson has been charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, and furnishing or attempting to furnish pornographic material to a minor.

According to the probable cause statement Johnson’s smart phone and the victim’s tablet, which both contained the “Kik” application and conversation which occurred between the two parties, were collected as evidence in this case.

Sherry Carmichael, who is the victim’s mother, was the one who called police after finding the sexually explicit messages and videos from a man on her daughter’s tablet. On Tuesday she spoke to FOX 4.

“I was mad, the biggest part of me was mad, but part of me, I was scared because I didn't know what could happen,” she said. “It was more of anger that a grown man would be doing this with a child.”

Carmichael says she considered Johnson a family friend, until she began noticing he was too close for comfort to her teen daughter.

“The way he was looking at her, I was like, why would you be looking at a 15-year-old like that?” said Carmichael.

Officers said during an interview with Johnson he admitted to sending and receiving sexually explicit videos with the girl, and also to having a conversation with her that was sexual in nature. Police said the conversation was initiated by Johnson.

“Absolutely a predator, he's somebody that will come into your life and try to play off the sweetest person and get your trust and everything with the family, but in the back of his mind, he just wants that child. In my eyes, he's a complete predator,” said Carmichael.

FOX 4 stopped by Johnson’s listed address on Tuesday, but the homeowners told us he was just a friend, who they said they kicked out after the allegations surfaced.

“He didn't deny anything, he was just angry and left,” they said.

As for Carmichael, she's now encouraging other parents to pay attention when their kids log on.

“And it scares me that this actually does happen a lot. You know, kids talk to people they think they know who they are and they really don't,” she said.