DANVILLE — A Vermilion County jury Thursday returned a verdict of guilty Thursday against Joseph S.A. Johnson, 33, of Georgetown, for the offense of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
During a two-day jury trial, evidence was presented that in April 2016 a juvenile female disclosed to her mother that while she had been in Johnson’s care, he committed an act of sexual penetration upon her, according to information from the Vermilion County State's Attorney's office. The report was investigated by the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department.
During the course of that investigation, it was learned that Johnson had committed multiple sex acts against the juvenile for a number of years. Law enforcement also discovered a second child victim who disclosed that Johnson had committed various acts of sexual penetration upon her as well while she was in his care during the same period, according to the Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s office.
Johnson will be sentenced on March 14 by the Circuit Court Judge Nancy S. Fahey. Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child is a Class X felony and carries a sentencing range of 6-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Johnson will be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence.
The case was investigated by Investigator Sean Jones and retired Sgt. Todd Damilano of the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Stephanie Weber and Michael Pawl.
“Sexual predators take advantage of some of the most vulnerable members of our community, including our children, and they must be brought to justice,” Jacqueline M. Lacy, Vermilion County State’s Attorney, said in a press release.
“The Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s office will continue to work aggressively to prosecute those engaging in preying on our children,” she said.