Apollo Johnson, 55, of Santa Clara, California failed to show up to his September 16th hearing after the judge had granted a three month delay of trial at the request of Johnsen's attorney due to medical reasons.
Despite his absence on the 16th, and subsequent court dates, Johnsen was convicted on 16 counts of child molestation on September 26th and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He faces life in prison.
“So the judge granted a 3-month break and then when we were set to return to court, he never returned. He skipped out on a million-dollar bail because he knew he was guilty,” District Attorney Jason Malinsky said according to KRON 4.
According to the District Attorney, Johnsen began molesting a girl in 2005 when she was just 6 years old. This continued for ten years until he raped her in her home at the age of 16. The rape went unreported until May of 2016 when the girl ended up hospitalized for a panic attack.
“He violently attacked, molested a young girl starting when she was 6, preying on her at a young age, grooming her, molesting her a number of times over a series of years, and violently raping her in her own home when she was 16 years old,” Malinsky said.
Johnsen was arrested on June 29, 2016 and has been out on bail ever since November 2nd of that year.
Johnsen, formerly known as Dennis Ray before he changed his name to Apollo, has a previous conviction dating to 1993 when he presented himself as a heating and air conditioning tech to gain entry to a credit union before it opened. Once inside he detained two female workers at gunpoint and stole $50,000.
Officials say that he owned and operated Day and Night Furnace Co. out of his Santa Clara residence, and his neighbors report that they have not seen him in about a month.
Authorities are now seeking the public's assistance in locating Johnsen.
Anyone who sees Johnsen or has information about his whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement, Santa Clara police Detective Scott Mead at (408) 882-7474 or the Santa Clara police anonymous tip line at (408) 615-4847.
Officials ask that if you should see him, you do not try to detain him yourself.