‘Predator catcher’ to stand trial for assault

(ABC 6 News) – A member of vigilante group Midwest Predator Catchers is scheduled to stand trial for alleged 5th-degree assault.

Chase Taner Johnston, 28, was charged with 5th-degree assault Sept. 18 after allegedly assaulting 30-year-old Joseph Carlson during a confrontation after the group “catfished” him.

The encounter took place in Dodge Center.

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Carlson was later arrested on charges of child pornography and solicitation.

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Johnston, who lives in Rochester, is scheduled for a Dec. 19 pretrial in Dodge County Court.