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Man to serve five years for molesting 10-year-old boy at school

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

Leslie Rayford Johnson Jr.

Leslie Rayford Johnson Jr. of Mineral was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison following his October 2012 guilty plea to a charge of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13. The judge suspended all but five years.

On March 6, 2012, the 45-year-old Johnson, who reportedly was at the school to pick up a family member,  followed a 10-year-old boy into the restroom at Jouett Elementary School and was alone with the boy for several minutes. When a school custodian entered the restroom, Johnson left the scene. The boy later told his parents that the man, identified in surveillance footage as Johnson, had sexually assaulted him.

On October 24, 2012, Johnson pleaded guilty in Louisa County Circuit Court to the charge of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13.

Following his release, Johnson will be required to register as a sex offender and will serve 30 years of supervised probation.

“It is a tragedy that a child’s innocence was taken at our school,” Louisa County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney  Rusty McGuire said. “The court system cannot change that.  I just hope that the sentence and probation period will ensure that Mr. Johnson does not harm another child.”

This story was updated Wednesday at 4:14 p.m.