I-35 rock-throwing suspect Patrick Johnson guilty of sexual assault of a child

johnson-patrick-eugene1:30 p.m. A jury found Patrick Johnson guilty of sexual assault of a child.

Deliberations took less than two hours in Judge David Crain’s court.

Johnson, 60, stood emotionless after the verdict was read.

Johnson, who police say is also behind a series of rock-throwing incidents on Interstate I-35, faces up to life in prison. Punishment is expected to come down later Thursday.

Key to the prosecution securing the conviction was a recorded phone called placed by the victim who asked Johnson if he could come over for oral sex “like last time.” Johnson responded, “That’s up to you.” Johnson testified that at the time of the call he was sedated from surgery.

11:30 a.m. The jury is now deliberating in Patrick Johnson’s trial for the sexual assault of a child.

Deliberations began at 11:20 a.m.

Johnson, who police say is also behind a series of rock-throwing incidents on Interstate I-35, faces up to life in prison if convicted of the sexual assault.

Johnson’s accuser, a male, was between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time he said the assaults occurred. The man, now 19, was among a group of eight or nine boys that hung out with Johnson at the mobile home community in which they all resided.

On Wednesday, Johnson testified to being something of a philanthropist for underprivileged kids of immigrant parents. He said that over the years he has taken in 25 boys and cared for them.

Johnson admitted to having sex with a friend of the accuser, but only after the friend turned 17 and was legal.

Johnson said he believes his accuser is motivated by money and that he suspects the man intends to file a civil suit against Johnson.

 

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