Man, 26, arrested in assault
Police: Barrow resident molested 13-year-old

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Bethlehem man used the popular online networking site MySpace to lure a boy to a vacant home and molest him, police said Tuesday.

Investigators fear more young victims may have yet to come forward.

Antoine Luis Johnson, 26, is charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation and child molestation, while more charges are pending, police said. He's being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Police said Johnson posed as a 16-year-old girl on MySpace to dupe a 13-year-old boy into sexual acts a year ago in Bethlehem.

The boy came forward last week, telling a guardian what had allegedly happened, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said.

The boy, under the impression he was chatting with a girl, told investigators Johnson "promised him sexual favors if (the victim) would allow her brother to perform sexual acts on him," Spellman said.

Later posing as the fictitious brother, Johnson reportedly picked the boy up near his neighborhood's entrance and drove him to a nearby vacant home, where the molestation occurred.

Investigators found that Johnson, again posing, had contacted the victim's friend via MySpace and urged a meeting for the same purpose, Spellman said.

Instead of a second victim, Johnson was met by Gwinnett police special victims unit investigators at the rendezvous point - a rural stretch of Indian Shoals Road near Bethlehem.

Police arrested Johnson without incident. Through interrogations police gathered enough evidence to lodge charges against him, Spellman said.

Additional charges are forthcoming, stemming from the intended meeting between Johnson and the boy last week, Spellman said.

The allegations represent a problem MySpace has tried to control.

Last year, MySpace officials announced an agreement with attorneys general of nearly all U.S. states meant to thwart child predators after the site had been scrutinized as a conduit for face-to-face meetings.

The measures allowed parents to block some children from keeping MySpace profiles and launched an Internet safety task force, the company reported.

Gwinnett police urge anyone with information about Johnson's alleged activities to call an investigator at 770-513-5300.