Former Virginia Beach cop arrested. The charge: Sodomy of a minor

Mark David Johnson (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)
Mark David Johnson (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH – Police are releasing very few details about the arrest of a former officer.

Mark David Johnson, 48, was arrested Wednesday by detectives from the department’s Special Victims Unit.

He is charged with one count of sodomy of a minor.

Authorities said Johnson and the minor “are known to each other.”

He was a Virginia Beach Police officer for 20 years. Johnson left the department in 2017.

Additional information about the case was not made immediately available.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.