By Kathryn Bassett and Matt Getts

AUBURN — It took a month of sleuthing, but a man wanted on a Level 3 felony rape charge in DeKalb County has been arrested in Kentucky after nearly a year on the run, police said.

Christopher F. Johnston, 30, was arrested by Kentucky State Trooper Mark Spencer at a residence in Thelma, Kentucky, late Friday afternoon.

Johnston is going through the extradition process so he can be brought to Indiana to face the charge, according to the Indiana State Police.

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A no-bond warrant was issued for Johnston on the rape charge on Feb. 27, 2020, by DeKalb County Superior Court II Judge Monte Brown.

According to a police affidavit filed in Superior Court II, Indiana State Police Detective S. Michael Carroll said he was sent to Parkview Noble Hospital on Nov. 3, 2019, in regard to an alleged rape.

The alleged victim told Carroll she was contacted earlier in the night by a man she knew as “Casper” or “Chris Casper.” The man later was found to be Christopher Forrest Johnston, the affidavit said.

The woman told Carroll she knew Johnston only through his work as a tattoo artist. The woman said she took Johnston to work once but never had even a conversation about anything romantic between them, according to the affidavit.

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Earlier in the evening, Johnston had contacted the woman via Facebook Messenger asking her to “hang out,” the affidavit said. He then asked the woman to come to a bar, later identified as the Route 6 Bar in Butler, to pick him up. The woman told Johnston she would be his designated driver, the affidavit said.

After she arrived at the bar, Johnston reportedly told the woman he had been at the bar since 6 p.m. the prior evening. The woman told Carroll she drank half of an alcoholic beverage. She said Johnston then got into a fight with a man at the bar, which “freaked (her) out,” the affidavit said.

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