Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 19, 2013
Tooele man ordered to state prison for rape

A Tooele man is in prison for raping a female friend and then let her leave only after she promised not to tell about the incident

Devin Johnson, 19, was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison Tuesday in 3rd District Court for the May 6 incident in which he pushed the woman onto a bed and had sex against her will, despite her telling him to stop several times.

Afterwards, the woman redressed and tried to leave, but Johnson locked the door to his room and would not let her leave until she promised not to reveal what had happened.

When the woman did report the crime, Johnson told police that the two had had sex, and that he had heard her tell him to stop, but he could not.

Johnson pleaded guilty to forcible sexual abuse in July, a second-degree felony, which was a reduction of the original first-degree felony rape charged filed against him. A second charge, class B misdemeanor unlawful detention, was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

In addition to the sentencing on that case Tuesday, Johnson violated probation from an Aug. 2012 case, to which he had pleaded guilty to class A misdemeanor sexual battery for having consensual sex with a girl more than four years younger than him. He was sentenced to jail, but was granted credit for time served.

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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