Suspected rock thrower in court for child sex charges

Pat Johnson enters the court room for his trial on aggravated sexual assault of a child charge. (kKXAN Photo)
Pat Johnson enters the court room for his trial on aggravated sexual assault of a child charge. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The man who police say is responsible for the majority of the rock-throwing cases along Interstate 35 in Austin was in court Tuesday for the start of his trial on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Prosecutors say Patrick “Pat” Johnson assaulted a 15-year-old boy starting in 2012. The boy claims Johnson would give him drugs and alcohol.He says he met Johnson when he was 12 and would hang out at Johnson’s trailer. Over three years, the victim said, he was sexually assaulted between 50 and 100 times by Johnson.

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Police have not said if they suspect Johnson in all of the nearly 100 rock-throwing cases, they do say he caused “the lion’s share” of them. Johnson currently faces six charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Three people were severely injured in the rock-throwing attacks. One victim suffered brain damage when a rock came crashing through his windshield in June 2014.

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