Former Henrico math teacher pleads guilty to leaving ‘sticky substance’ in shoes

Posted at 2:07 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 14:16:11-05

HENRICO, Va. -- A former Henrico County high school math teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in court, to stealing women’s shoes and returning them with “bodily fluids” left inside.

Johnson confessed that over a span of several months in 2015, he stole women’s shoes off front porches in the West End in Richmond. He would keep them for several days and then return them to the homes from where he took them.

But when he returned the shoes, prosecutors said he left them with a “sticky substance” inside.

Kenneth Johnson III (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

Kenneth Johnson III (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

Johnson turned himself into police in December 2015, according to detectives.

One victim told CBS 6 she confronted Johnson when she drove up to her home and found him walking away with her running shoes.

When she asked him what he was doing, and he told her he loved the smell of her shoes, before sniffing them in front of her. In an email sent to the area’s neighborhood watch group, another victim said she found a note in her shoe.

The note stated the suspect was “a married man and his wife’s shoes did not have a smell and he liked performing perverted activity in the shoes and then returning them.”

Police had reached out to the public at the beginning of the investigation, believing there were more potential victims.
In court, Johnson appeared with his family, who declined to comment on the case. Kenneth Johnson was given 12 months for each of four cases and the time was suspended, dependent on three years. He also, as part of that sentencing, has to follow conditions and pays restitution to his victims within 60 days.

According to the plea deal, Johnson cannot have any contact with the victims, must avoid their homes, have good behavior, and continue counseling and therapy sessions.

Johnson was a math teacher at Varina High School in Henrico County. School Spokesman Andy Jenks said Johnson is no longer employed with the school system.