Murfreesboro Police Vice Detective Shawn Jensen received information that Rockvale Elementary Principal Donald "Donnie" Johnson had purchased crack cocaine in Murfreesboro multiple times. Robert Rickman has the story...
Police believed he was going to purchase more Friday (8/29/2014) afternoon at a pharmacy on Cason Lane.
Detective Jensen and other vice unit detectives observed Johnson at the specified location use an ATM to retrieve cash. Johnson then met the seller, Tiquista Robinson, in the parking lot of the business. Detectives witnessed a hand to hand transaction and stopped both subjects.
Johnson reportedly admitted to buying the crack cocaine for his personal use and Robinson was sad to have admitted to selling the crack cocaine. Both were arrested, transported to the Rutherford County Jail, and booked accordingly.
Johnson is free after posting $1,000 bond. Robert Rickman, WGNS news.
Speaking on behalf of the Rutherford County School system, Public Information Officer James Evans told WGNS News, "We are shocked, saddened and disturbed by the news of longtime educator Donnie Johnson being charged with possession of crack cocaine. We did not learn of the charge until after hours Friday evening and have limited information. However, this type of alleged behavior cannot be tolerated and Mr. Johnson will not be permitted to return to work at this time. Mr. Johnson has been an educator with Rutherford County Schools for 30+ years. He has no record of this type of behavior with the school district."
WGNS' Operations Manager and Sports Director Bryan Barrett commented, "We are praying that he gets whatever help he may need, and we will stand behind him as he goes through treatment, if that is something he decides he needs to do."
Barrett noted that Johnson had been a part of the sports' broadcast team for 15-years.