TCSO: Henryetta physical therapist, Richard Jay Johns, accused of targeting teenage girls

Posted at 11:43 AM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 09:38:08-05

TULSA COUNTY -- A physical therapist was arrested Thursday after the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says he allegedly inappropriately touched a teenage girl during physical therapy session.

TCSO says they believe there could be more victims.

In December of 2016 the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation received reports of a minor female victim being inappropriately touched during a physical therapy session by Richard Jay Johns (pictured below.)

After the session, authorities say Johns allegedly sent the teen victim a photo of his penis via Snapchat.

The victim and her mother provided authorities with the name of a second teen they say was in contact with Johns on Snapchat.

After conducting interviews, authorities say Johns sent the second teenage girl photos of himself in his underwear, but the teen then deleted Johns from Snapchat.

On March 2 of 2017, Johns was taken into custody after being served with a warrant. During an interview with authorities, Johns admitted to sending the photo of his genitals to the teenage victim.

The incident, is serving as a reminder for parents to be aware of the dangers of the internet.

2 Works for You investigators decided to see just how easy it was for minors to be solicited online, so our team posed as a 13-year old girl on social media.

Cyber investigator and Co-Founder/CEO of The Demand Project, Jason Weis demonstrated the process.

"My age is 13, female, on Kik," Weis said.

Posing as a minor, Weis sent out a message on Kik, a popular social networking app. Within just six seconds, a 25-year-old man began a conversation, stating he didn't care the girl he was speaking with was only 13.

"Kik is known by predators to be a playground for this type of activity," Weis said.

The shocking results on Kik, just one of many incidents occurring daily with several other apps your children could be using.

"82 percent of sex crimes against children the online predator used the social media to gain access," Weis said.

Authorities said parents need to watch for apps like Kik, or whisper. Finding them on your child's phone should raise a red flag.

"You have to have that same talk that there are bad people out there that have bad intentions," Weis said.

He adds that if parents don't take the time to educate themselves to protect their kids, someone else will educate them... the wrong way.

Investigators advise parents to use Google. They suggest to use search engines to learn about new apps that come out every day.

Also, set rules for your child and their phone, because as technology advances, predators use it to reach your children.

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