Statutory Rapist Receives 30-year Sentence

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Justin Johnson was sentenced to a 30-year sentence for statutory rape, fifteen years will be suspended. Johnson will be required to spend every day of that sentence in prison for his crime and will have to register as a sex offender upon his release from custody.

In June 2007, the thirteen year old victim was visiting with her mother when she awoke and went into to the kitchen. Once she entered the kitchen she was approached by the defendant who was also staying at the house. The rape then occurred. Upon returning to her room, the victim contacted a friend and was then picked-up and returned to her father’s house. The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department was called and began an investigation that led to the arrest of Justin Johnson.

Guest stated, “Statutory rape is a crime of manipulation and deceit. Unfortunately, the victim may continue to suffer the effects of this crime for years to come.”

Guest added, “This crime is especially bothersome because it occurred in her mother’s residence, a place where our children should be protected from those that would prey upon our youth.”

District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties.