Friday, May 23, 2008

MySpace Predator Sentenced


From 2007:

A 24-year-old Village of Oak Creek man has received a suspended sentence for sex crimes with a minor, but will spend the balance of his life on probation as a registered sex offender. Stephen Geoffrey Johnson was sentenced Wednesday for attempting, over the Internet, to lure a 13-year-old California boy for sex and then for posing as a deputy to threaten the victim's mother.

Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow gave Johnson a suspended sentence on the two Class-3 felonies of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and one Class-6 felony of Impersonating a Police Officer. The judge ordered one year of jail time, of which 311 days have already been served and 10 months "on-order" jail time at the order of his probation officer.

In addition to standard prohibitions on the use of alcohol and drugs and sex offender conditions, the judge also limited his use of a computer.

Johnson first connected with the California boy through an Internet gaming site in 2005 and the relationship grew through Johnson's own MySpace.com site as well as over the telephone.

When the victim's mother learned of the relationship and overheard an explicit phone conversation in which Johnson propositioned the boy, she persisted to threaten Johnson, telling him, she and her husband would "get you." That's when Johnson sent an e-mail to the boy's mother, posing as a Yavapai County sheriff's deputy, threatening legal action if she did not stop bothering him. The e-mail was tracked back to Johnson's computer.

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