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Man Arrested for Sex Attack on 13-Year-Old Boy, Police Say

The man allegedly forced the 13-year-old boy to go behind Hands Deli on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton, where he attacked the victim

What to Know

  • A man who allegedly sexually assaulted a teen boy and forced him to perform a sex act on him has been arrested, police say
  • Xavier Johnson, 46, of Glen Cove, was arrested and charged with criminal sexual act and acting in a manner injurious to a child
  • His attorney information wasn't immediately available Wednesday

A man who allegedly sexually assaulted a teen boy and forced him to perform a sex act on him has been arrested, police say.

Xavier Johnson, 46, of Glen Cove, was arrested and charged with criminal sexual act and acting in a manner injurious to a child on Tuesday, the NYPD said.

Police have been searching for Johnson since November, when he allegedly forced a 13-year-old boy to go behind Hands Deli on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton before attacking him.

In an interview with News 4 back in November, the boy’s mother said the man asked the boy what school he went to.

"He asked, 'Do you play football? Because I'm a coach,'" she said. "Give me your number so I can talk to your mom about playing football."

As the boy was about to walk away, the man allegedly asked him, "Do you want to go somewhere private? I won't tell anyone," according to the boy's mother.

"That's when he took him to the back of the alley," the boy's mother recounted, her voice trembling. "He hit my son in the head and forced himself on him."

The man then fled the area after the incident, and the boy returned home crying, according to his mother.

"He said, 'Mom, mom, a man just assaulted me,' and he used the word rape," the mother said. "I said, 'What? Call the police!'"

The boy was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and then released.

Johnson’s attorney information wasn’t immediately available Wednesday.

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