Mark Larome Johnson
Photo: Coweta County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Coweta County Sheriff’s Office

Former junior ROTC instructor indicted, accused of sexually assaulting student

A junior ROTC instructor at a metro Atlanta high school has been indicted on sexual assault charges after he allegedly had sexual contact with a student, authorities said.

Mark Larome Johnson, 49, of Douglasville, is accused of engaging sexually with the teenage girl on two occasions in a supply closet at East Coweta High school, Coweta County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Col. James Yarbrough confirmed. 

Johnson, a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps, turned himself in Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was later released on a $20,000 bond. 

To avoid being detected by security cameras, Johnson and the student, who was a senior in the JROTC program, would go through different entrances of the closet, according to his indictment. His method of communicating with the student was by typing messages on her iPhone and then deleting them. The alleged crimes happened between Aug. 1 and Nov. 18 of last year, Yarbrough said.

According to local media reports, Johnson was placed on leave from the school in November 2018 and resigned a month later. Coweta County school officials could not be reached Friday to confirm. 

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