Sunday, June 28, 2009

Jerry Johnson - Repeat Sex Offender - Charged with Sexual Assault

A convicted sex offender faces charges he took a 16-year-old female relative to a motel on Father's Day and sexually assaulted her.

Police said Jerry Johnson, 46, of River Rouge checked into the 8 Wood Motel, 330 W. Eight Mile Road, with the girl June 14.

"He rented a room and had sex with her for about an hour," said Ferndale Detective Ken Denmark.

Johnson was arraigned Friday in Ferndale 43rd District Court on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual assault before magistrate Larue Mead. He is jailed on $500,000 bond.

Police said the girl in the case told her mother a couple of days after the incident what happened but the mother initially didn't believe her. The girl told another relative who contacted the girl's mother.

"The girl's mother finally believed her about what happened and brought the victim to the police station," Denmark said.
Johnson is a registered sex offender with two previous convictions, police said. He was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual assault in Canton Township in 1981 and served two years in prison.

Shortly after he was released in 1983, he was convicted again of first-degree criminal sexual assault and armed robbery in Inkster and sentenced to serve 10 to 15 years in prison, police said.
"The victim told us the suspect began sexually abusing her when she was 7 years old," Denmark said.

The girl also told police that Johnson has allegedly molested two other children who are relatives.

Ferndale police said they got a warrant from Oakland County prosecutors for Johnson on Thursday and arrested him at a house in Lincoln Park the same day.

The two sexual assault charges against Johnson are each punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

As a habitual offender, Johnson faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison if convicted.

He is scheduled for a preliminary examination on the evidence against him at 1 p.m. July 9 in Ferndale District Court.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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