A Township Commissioner in York County is accused of rape and kidnapping. 40-year-old Michael Johnson, Jr. was arrested at his York County home Monday evening after a two hour standoff with police.
Johnson has been a respected leader in Penn Township for years, but now neighbors and those who know him say they have a much different opinion of the commissioner.
"We were a little shocked, they started listing the individual counts and it just snowballed, he messed up his life, I'm sure of that," said Earl Leisure, neighbor.
Police say, last month, Johnson picked up a 21-year-old woman walking in Southeast Baltimore. He told her he was a state trooper and she was under arrest for prostitution. He then ordered the woman into his minivan, handcuffed her to the backseat and raped her.
"They are very serious charges, in Pennsylvania, he would be looking at a lot of time, kidnapping and rape are both first degree felonies, calling for a sentence of up to 20 years," said Stan Rebert, York County District Attorney.
As president of the Penn Township Commissioners, Johnson oversees the police department. The other commissioners declined to comment on the charges. They say they are as shocked as everyone else.
Johnson is being held in York County Prison.