Jury convicts man of child's rape

2013-06-07T19:15:00Z 2013-06-07T22:01:05Z Jury convicts man of child's rapeAndrea J. Cook Journal staff Rapid City Journal
June 07, 2013 7:15 pm  • 

A Pennington County jury Friday convicted a 34-year-old Rapid City man of raping a young girl.

The jury of six men and six women found Jesse Johnson guilty of first-degree rape, sexual contact with a child under 13 and aggravated incest. Johnson was arrested in February 2012. He's being held without bond in the Pennington County Jail.

"I'm very proud of the jury for reaching this decision," Pennington County Deputy State's Attorney Scott Roetzel said after hearing the verdicts that ended the four-day trial.

"I'm very proud of the little girl for standing up to the abuse. She finally has a small piece of justice," Roetzel said.

The 9-year-old victim testified during the trial that the abuse started when she was 6 years old and continued for at least 18 months.

The trial presented several challenges because Johnson is deaf. Sign language interpreters were used and a video of the trial was made.

Johnson faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for the first-degree rape conviction. Each additional charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Circuit Judge Janine Kern has scheduled Johnson's sentencing for July 15.


Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

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    patrickt - July 18, 2013 2:27 pm
    iIf someone can give him this message. Jesse u can rot think about what u did no getting out of it im glad that little girl stood up. For herself i cant beleive it what u did yeah rot in hope u spend ur life in prison. I hope the best. For the little one and her life ahead.
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