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MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - An alarming arrest has been made at a high school in Miami Gardens.
Dominic Johnson, a security monitor and coach at Miami Carol City Senior High School, has been arrested after he was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.
According to police, the alleged victim is his godchild.
“If I had the choice I would have never spoke to him in the first place,” said the victim who didn’t want to show her face on camera. “He ruined me, he gained my trust, and he broke it.”
A 16-year-old girl says she was raped by a man she trusted, a coach at her high school who also happens to be her godfather.
Dominic Johnson, 36, is now charged with sexual battery after what police say happened Sunday inside a Northeast Miami-Dade apartment.
According to the arrest report, Johnson invited the teen over to his apartment saying he had a gift for her. Here’s what she said happened next.
“I went into the bathroom, he forced himself onto me. He didn’t let me out of the bathroom,” she said. “He raped me.”
She and her family went straight to police.
Johnson was arrested Monday afternoon at Miami Carol City Senior High School.
Parents got a phone call about the allegations the next day, and Johnson appeared in bond court.
“So allegations are that he raped his goddaughter, and if he works at a high school that’s very concerning,” said a prosecutor.
His bond was set at $25,000; and the school system has already started the firing process.
The district released a statement saying in part, “Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deeply disturbed to learn about the circumstances that led to this individual’s arrest. The allegations are reprehensible and unsettling, and will not be taken lightly. As such, the District has initiated employment termination proceedings, and will ensure that the individual is precluded from seeking future employment with this school system.”
The young girl’s mother had this message for Johnson, a person she said was once considered a member of the family.
“You are supposed to be her protector,” said the mother. “You failed us, you failed the community, Coach.”
Johnson has bonded out of jail.
He has been ordered to stay away from the teen, and he is not allowed to communicate with her in any way.
Johnson has been employed with the school district for 11 years.