Hudson Valley Man May See Life In Prison For Having Sex With Child
A Hudson Valley man is facing life in prison for sexually assaulting a child over a three year period.
In Sullivan County Court, 52-year-old Robert Johnson of Bloomingburg was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on his conviction for predatory sexual assault against a child, a felony.
According to the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office, Johnson was convicted, following a jury trial in December of 2015.
The trial jury found that, from the summer of 2011 through May of 2014 Johnson engaged in two or more acts of sexual conduct, including sex at least once, with a child between the ages of 10 and 12.
A mixture of the victim’s DNA and Johnson’s DNA was found on the child’s bed, according forensic analysis presented at the trial.
Johnson’s sentencing was delayed due Johnson filing various motions after the jury’s verdict, all of which were denied by the trial court.
The Sullivan County District Attorny’s Office, recommended a maximum sentence because of the years of abuse and the lifetime of suffering Johnson subjected the innocent child too.
“The imposition of a life sentence here ensures that this defendant will never harm another child again and holds him accountable for his reprehensible conduct and underscores that our society will not tolerate these crimes against children,” Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell stated. “I hope the life sentence imposed today will bring some measure of security back into the life of this child.”
An order of protection was issued for the victim.