JOHNSTON (IV), BERNARD
On March 31st, 2020, the Casa Grande Police Department arrested 29-year-old Casa Grande resident Bernard Johnston IV at his residence in the 700 block of West O’Neil Drive.
Johnston was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.
The Casa Grande Police Department was made aware of Johnston’s criminal activity via cyber tips received from NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) and ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children). CGPD executed a physical search warrant at Johnston’s residence, resulting in the seizure of multiple items of evidence to include computers, cellular phones, and other devices.
During this investigation, police discovered Johnston sent images of child pornography to his girlfriend, 29-year-old Casa Grande resident Tabitha Reedy. Multiple images of child pornography were later found on Reedy’s cellular phone. Regarding Reedy, charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation as CGPD continues to process evidence and await forensic analysis of the seized devices.