Michael McGovern

A Johnson County man wanted on charges of super aggravated sexual assault of a child pulled into the parking lot of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and shot himself in the head at 12:13 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

A search for Michael Patrick McGovern, 35, was initiated after McGovern promised to turn himself in but didn’t show, Sheriff Adam King said. JCSO officials posted his picture and description on Facebook in hopes that someone could help officers locate him.

Shortly after noon, deputies spotted McGovern’s Toyota 4-Runner. McGovern pulled into the lot and shot himself before deputies reached his truck.

McGovern was wanted on allegations of sexually abusing two children younger than 6.

JCSO detectives along with FBI officers served a warrant on McGovern’s home on Monday in unincorporated county near Mansfield, officials said, at which time they seized computers, cameras and other items. 

Officers obtained the warrant after McGovern allegedly electronically distributed child pornography.

McGovern was not arrested at the time of the search, officials said, but JCSO obtained an arrest warrant on Tuesday based on evidence found in the search and video, which was already in the FBI’s possession. The video depicted McGovern engaging in sexual acts with the two child victims.

The specific charges filed against McGovern by JCSO were super aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.

Numerous area law enforcement agencies searched for McGovern on Tuesday and Wednesday morning and believed that he was attempting to flee.

JCSO Deputy Aaron Pitts said the matter remains under investigation and that no additional information is being released at this time.

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