Former gymnastics coach charged with child sex crimes

mug shot of kip johnson

Johnson, Kip

Press release from Joplin Police Department:

On February 2, 2021, investigators with the Joplin Police Department arrested Kip A. Johnson, age 45, of Joplin, in regard to a statutory sodomy case. The arrest is a result of an ongoing criminal investigation from incidents that have occurred during the years 2018 and 2019. The juvenile victim was assaulted by Johnson, who at the time, was a gymnastics coach for the victim.

Investigators executed a search warrant at the home of Mr. Johnson on today’s date (2/2/21). Charges were submitted to the Jasper County and Newton County Prosecuting Attorneys’ Offices and the following charges were filed:
Jasper County

  • Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree (2 counts)
  • Furnishing pornography to a minor

Newton County

  • Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree (2 counts)

Johnson is currently being held on a NO BOND warrant.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you are encouraged to contact the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131 ext. 885 or ext. 676.