Georgetown man convicted of sexually assaulting girl in his care in 2016

Georgetown man convicted of sexually assaulting girl in his care in 2016

DANVILLE — A 33-year-old Georgetown man faces up to 60 years in prison after being convicted by a Vermilion County jury Thursday of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Joseph S.A. Johnson faces six to 60 years in prison for the Class X felony at his sentencing, set for March 14. Under truth-in-sentencing laws, he will have to serve at least 85 percent of whatever time he receives.

According to evidence in the two-day jury trial, Johnson committed an act of sexual penetration on an underage girl who was in his care in April 2016.

During the course of the investigation by the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department, it was learned that Johnson had committed multiple sex acts on the girl for a number of years. Law enforcement also discovered a second child victim who disclosed that Johnson had committed various acts of sexual penetration on her as well while she was in his care over the same period.

Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said sexual predators take advantage of some of the most vulnerable members of our community and must be brought to justice.

"The Vermilion County State's Attorney's Office will continue to work aggressively to prosecute those engaging in preying on our children," she said.

The case was investigated by sheriff's department investigator Sean Jones and retired Sgt. Todd Damilano. It was prosecuted by assistant state's attorneys Stephanie Weber and Michael Pawl.

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