Deputy, dispatcher charged in child sex abuse case after Harris Co. Pct. 1 deputy commits suicide, constable says

Liberty County – Two more people have been charged in connection with several allegations of sexual abuse involving minors after a Harris County Precinct 1 deputy -- who was also being investigated -- died by suicide Wednesday, according to Harris County Constable Precinct 1.

On May 14, the investigation began when a dispatcher was being evaluated on their work performance, according to Pct. Constable Alan Rosen. He said during the evaluation, the dispatcher made an outcry about the child abuse allegations involving Precinct 1 Deputy Constable Robert Johnson.

Rosen said the allegations were reported to Internal Affairs and the investigation began. He said on Monday morning the department contacted the Houston Police Department to investigate the case, where investigators found out the incidents took place in Alvin. Rosen said HPD and CPS contacted the Alvin Police Department about the allegations. He said Alvin police tried to make contact with Johnson.

On Wednesday morning, Rosen said that the same dispatcher who made the outcry said she was with Johnson and that he was threatening to kill her and take his life. He said after an attempted traffic stop in north Liberty County, Johnson sparked a standoff with deputies and threatened to take his own life.

Alvin police said during the standoff, Johnson made several phone calls and confessed to the allegations of sexually assaulting minors. Police said he also implicated named other adults in the sexual abuse, including the dispatcher.

After several hours, police said Johnson took his own life.

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Police said the sexual abuse allegations were being investigated by several agencies including the Houston Police Department, Alvin police, Texas Rangers, the FBI, and the Brazoria County District Attorney’s Office.

“Robert Johnson did some terrible things and he will meet his maker to answer for that. I am here to tell anyone who harms children in this case or any case that the good law enforcement officers are coming for you. I can tell you I am here to speak and stand for the victims today, tomorrow and for years to come,” Rosen said in a statement to KPRC 2.

Due to the claims Johnson made about other adults being involved in the sexual abuse of minors, Constable Rosen said two members, the dispatcher, Christina McKay, and another deputy, Chonda Shalett Williams, were fired from the department, arrested and charged.

McKay is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and Williams is charged with sexual assault of a child.

Court documents allege Johnson and Williams had sex with a minor while the child was passed out from taking pills and alcohol provided by Johnson. That minor has come forward, documents show, to share memories from at least one of the incidents that happened in December 2020.

Authorities claim McKay admitted to seeing Johnson sexually assaulting a passed-out minor in a hotel room, records show. McKay told authorities she provided Johnson with pills so that he could sedate the child victims, according to court documents. Documents say that the incident McKay saw happened in August 2020 and that she did not report it until 10 months later, saying she feared Johnson. Authorities say McKay made reservations at the same hotel 20 times in the previous 12 months.

Chonda Shalett Williams and Christina Michelle McKay (Harris County Constable's Office, Precinct 1)

A neighbor that spoke with KPRC 2 was shocked by the allegations.

“They just seemed a nice, quiet family, and he seemed to be a family guy and he was always out walking with his family,” said neighbor Cliff Naquin. “Especially after last year, you’d think nothing would shock you. But this was definitely shocking.”

Alvin police said they are continuing their investigation.

CPS shared this statement with KPRC 2:

“Child Protective Services was notified of the allegations and is investigating alongside law enforcement. CPS had no history with the deceased officer prior to his death.”

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