HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala (WDHN)— The District Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit has confirmed that Mark David Johnson has been fired after his indictment and booking into the Houston County Jail.

“The District Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit announces the termination of employment for Mr. Mark Johnson,” said District Attorney Patrick B. Jones in a press release. “After a long-standing investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Johnson’s actions were considered, and Mr. Johnson was indicted.

In the early afternoon of October 6, the former Houston County Assistant District Attorney turned himself into the Houston County Jail and bonded out nearly an hour later.

According to Johnson’s attorney, Johnson turned himself in to the authorities, after being indicted by a grand jury.

Johnson is facing six state counts. Three counts of soliciting for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action, and three counts of use of an official position or office for personal gain.

Each count is outlined:

  • Count 1 charges Johnson with soliciting “a female companion or escort” from a criminal defendant (Witness One) for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action in her criminal case(s);
  • Count 2 charges Johnson with “soliciting picture(s), or female companionship, or sexual contact” from a criminal defendant (Witness Two) for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action in her criminal case(s);
  • Count 3 charges Johnson with “soliciting picture(s), or female companionship, or sexual contact” from a criminal defendant (Witness Three) for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action in her criminal case(s);
  • Count 4 charges Johnson with using his position as an ADA to obtain “a female companion or escort” from Witness One;
  • Count 5 charges Johnson with using his position as an ADA to obtain “sexual picture(s)” from Witness Two;
  • Count 6 charges Johnson with using his position as an ADA to obtain “sexual contact or sexual picture(s)” from Witness Three.

Each count holds a bond of $30,000. Johnson’s total bond equals $180,000.

In February 2022, Johnson was accused of entering an illegal online relationship with a past client, Jamie Connolly, 52.

Connolly was arrested in early 2022 on charges of drug trafficking, possession of marijuana, and possession of heroin.

After her arrest, Connolly wrote a letter to the court alleging that Houston County Prosecutor Mark Johnson had friended her on Facebook in October of 2021 and the two began having an “online relationship”. Johnson was the prosecutor in one of Connolly’s court cases in 2019.

Johnson was placed on leave in February and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During his leave, it was reported Johnson was still making his monthly salary of $7,300.

In September, Dale Co. Judge Benjamin Bowden reinstated Connolly’s $105,000 bond for drug charges.