Abilene man, 59, arrested for aggravated sexual assault of child under age 14

POSTED: 1:32 PM Sep 17 2013   UPDATED: 12:24 PM Sep 18 2013
Ralph Lane Johnston
ABILENE, Texas -

A 59-year-old Abilene man was arrested Monday for felony aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Ralph Lane Johnston was charged after a female under the age of 14 alleged that she had been assaulted at a south side residence, police said.

Police said Johnston contacted a detective with the police department’s Special Victims Unit on Monday after the victim had gone to a local hospital for a sexual assault examination.

Johnston was interviewed at the Law Enforcement Center, police said, and the investigation revealed he had sexual intercourse with the victim between Sept. 12 and 13.

In addition, the investigation revealed Johnston was aware of the victim’s age, police said.

As a result, Johnston was arrested for 1st-Degree Felony Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. He was being held in lieu of a $30,000 bond.