Johnson County

Suspect in child sexual assault case commits suicide in Johnson County Sheriff’s Office parking lot

Credit: Johnson County Sheriff’s Office/Bing Image

JOHNSON COUNTY – On Wednesday, August 21st, at 12: 13 p.m., a man allegedly wanted on charges of super aggravated sexual assault of a child drove to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office parking lot and shot himself in the head according to officials.

According to Sheriff Adam Kind, there was a search for 35-year-old Michael Patrick McGovern after he failed to turn himself in as promised.

Michael Patrick McGovern
Credit: Johnson County Sheriff’s Office

Officials at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office posted his photo and description on Facebook hoping that the public would help officers locate McGovern.

Deputies spotted McGovern’s Toyota 4-Runner shortly afternoon that day.

McGovern pulled into the JCSO parking lot and shot himself before deputies were able to reach his vehicle, according to police.

McGovern was wanted on the allegations of the sexual abuse of two children younger than 6 years old.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office detectives along with FBI officials served McGovern’s residence with a warrant on Monday, August 19th, in an unincorporated county near Mansfield.

Officials state officers obtained the warrant after McGovern allegedly distributed child pornographic images electronically and the warrant allowed officers to seize computers, cameras, and other various items from the home.

At the time of the search, McGovern was not arrested, but JCSO obtained an arrest warrant on Tuesday based on the evidence collected on the search and a video that was already in possession of the FBI.

JCSO officials state that the video showed images of McGovern performing in sexual activities with two small child victims.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office filed specific charges against McGovern of super sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.

Several law enforcement agencies in the area searched for McGovern Tuesday and Wednesday as they believed he was attempting to escape.

According to Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Aaron Pitts, the case remains open and under investigation, no additional information is being released at this time.

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