PORTLAND -- A security guard charged with sexual abuse in the third degree made an initial appearance in a Multnomah County courtroom today.
Jerry Johnson, 44, told a judge he s not guilty and he was given a court-appointed attorney. Before his arraignment, Johnson told KGW police have arrested the wrong man.
Well, you know, it s not me. And that s all I m going to say about that.
But we kept asking, and Johnson kept talking. And so did his wife.
My husband was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Police said Johnson groped and kissed a woman at OMSI July 12, as she tried to get away. They provided a description of a fake security guard with a safety vest and the word SECURITY taped to his van.
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Days later, another woman reported a similar incident in Southeast Portland. Johnson matched the suspect description.
And then later that week, two more women told police they were approached by the same man. Johnson was arrested Friday at his home on Northwest Upshur Street.
He goes to work and he comes home and that s just that. If he goes out, we re together all the time, said Johnson s wife, who would not give us her first name.
When asked for specifics, Jerry Johnson said he worked as an independent contractor for a different security company, and was never employed by OMSI. He said his patrols revolved around the bridge construction at the back of the museum, and that put him at the location of the crime, a crime he said he did not commit.
He said the only time he got out of his patrol vehicle was to use the restroom. The guy told me where the bathroom was and stuff, and I used the bathroom. And then I came back out and did my rounds. That s it.
Johnson s wife said not only is her husband innocent, but police should be looking for the person who did commit these crimes. And she said mistaken identity is more common than people think.
There s several African American men with shaved heads and goatees and all that stuff, but it s not my husband.
Police think it is. Johnson s next court appearance will be August 1.