Friday, June 12, 2009

Jason Johnson Pleads Guilty to Statutory Sodomy

A Jefferson City man, already serving federal prison time for pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, pleaded guilty Thursday to a first-degree statutory sodomy charge he was facing in Cole County Court.

Under a deal struck with the prosecutor's office, Jason Johnson, 24, will have his seven-year sentence run concurrent with the federal eight-year prison term he is currently serving. He has been in federal prison since last November.

Judge Jon Beetem accepted his plea and told Johnson once he is released from prison, he would need to register as a sex offender.

The charge is from January 2007. The crime took place with a child who was under the age of 14 at the time.

In the courtroom, Beetem asked the mother of the victim if she agreed with the deal and she did. She added that the victim has been in and out of hospitals seven times dealing with suicidal tendencies since the incident and currently is living at Boys and Girls Town.

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