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Bail set for Clara City suspect arrested after search

MONTEVIDEO -- Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 for the man who is accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile female and who was apprehended after allegedly reporting his crime on a cell phone.

Cheyenne Clay Johnson, 42, of Clara City, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct for the alleged sexual assault of a girl Tuesday at a residence in Clara City.

District Judge Paul Nelson ordered unconditional bail at $100,000 and at $50,000 with conditions during a hearing late Wednesday afternoon.

Johnson remains in custody in the Chippewa County Jail in Montevideo.

The complaint charges that Johnson called the sheriff's department around 5:20 a.m. Tuesday to report he had committed the alleged sexual assault and that he was now headed on foot along Minnesota Highway 23. A search for him initially was focused in corn fields north of Clara City, but subsequent calls by the defendant led officers to find him in a ditch around 7:30 a.m. along Highway 23 south of Clara City.

Officers surrounded him and several times ordered him to drop a serrated knife before he did eventually drop it, according to the complaint. He was taken into custody without incident.