Cape man arrested for violating protective order — one day after pleading not guilty to the same charge
A Lee County Port Authority firefighter/paramedic was arrested Wednesday, one day after he entered a not guilty plea to violating a protective order an ex-girlfriend had on him.
According to Cape Coral Police reports:
Mark E. Johnson, 41, of Cape Coral, was arrested at his home at 5:21 a.m. He was released Thursday from Lee County Jail after posting $7,500 bond.
On June 21, Johnson was arrested for violating the injunction and released on $5,000 bond.
The State’s Attorney’s Office does not yet have the case file from Wednesday’s arrest, but it filed charges against him on the June 21 incident, said spokeswoman Samantha Syoen. His next court date in that case was set for Aug. 17. He will appear that same day on the most recent charge.
Records show that Johnson was ordered not to contact, directly or indirectly, his ex-girlfriend. But she reported to police on Tuesday, the same day he entered his not guilty plea to the original charge, that he had been e-mailing her and leaving her voicemails. She also said she recognized his voice.
He told police that he believed, through his attorney, that the no-contact order was removed.
How long he has been employed by or if he is still employed by the port authority was not immediately available Thursday.