A Mexico, Mo. man was sentenced to 30 years on May 27 for child sex crimes by Audrain County Judge Wesley C. Dalton.
Gary D. Johnson, Sr., age 55, pled guilty to three counts of Child Molestation in the First Degree.
He was sentenced to 10 years on each count, sentenced consecutive to each other, for a total of 30 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Johnson, Sr. reportedly molested three Audrain County children from 2013-2015. He had a prior conviction in 1986 for sexual abuse of a child from Audrain County.
“Although Mr. Johnson, Sr., took responsibility for his actions and faces 30 years in prison for these crimes, these victims and their families will live with the consequences of his actions forever,” said Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger. “Mr. Johnson’s status as a prior sexual offender, having been convicted of a prior crime against a child in the late 1980s, makes him a predator that put our children at risk. These brave children had the courage to tell what Mr. Johnson had done to them, and their bravery and courage should be commended and celebrated. Too often, sexual abuse is a secret crime that makes a child feel as if they’ve done something wrong, and can scar a child’s body and their spirit. Our investigative team, a truly multi-disciplinary team, involves agencies from my office, Mexico Public Safety Department, the Audrain County Juvenile Office, Missouri Children’s Division, the Rainbow House Regional Child Advocacy Center, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, and more community partners have been invaluable in working this case thoroughly and intensely since the investigation began last year. Our community has supported these children and their families and I ask that their privacy be respected during this time of recovery and healing as well. Judge’s firm, lengthy sentenced sends a loud, clear message to child abusers and those who sexually abuse children: as a community, we will find you, we will prosecute you, and we will hold you accountable with all available resources.”