LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - One of four Angelina County men accused gang-raping a 16-year-old girl in March 2011 received a 5-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact Monday morning.
Clinton Johnson Sr., 55, of Hudson, appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court Monday morning. Originally, he was charged with two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, two counts of sexual assault of a child, and two counts of aggravated sexual assault.
"That was the only charge we believed we could prove based on the evidence we had," Layne Thompson, an assistant district attorney for Angelina County, said. "We dismissed all counts, but that one."
Thompson said Clinton Johnson Sr. was 53 and the victim was 16 when the gang rape occurred on March 4, 2011, and that the man touched the girl inappropriately.
"He was on the scene only briefly," Thompson said.
In March and April of 2011, Clinton Earl Johnson Jr., Clinton Johnson Sr., 55, of Lufkin, Adrian Eugene Moreland, 19, of Lufkin, and Timothy Joseph Headley, 23, of Lufkin, were arrested by the Hudson Police Department after a then-16-year-old girl alleged that the four men took turns sexually assaulting her while they held her down on a mattress in the backyard of Clinton Earl Johnson Senior's home.
Clinton Earl Johnson, Jr., 19, of Hudson, received a sentence of 8 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of sexual assault. Moreland and Headley have waived their right to a jury trial, and each man will face a bench trial unless he decides to take a plea bargain. More land was charged with sexual assault and Headley was charged with sexual assault of a child.