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Ex-Kanawha School Custodian Sentenced For Sex Abuse

Reported by: Send eMail Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Dec. 4, 2013 8:53 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 6, 2013 3:32 AM EST

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A former Kanawha County school custodian received the maximum sentence for sexual abuse.

John Johnson was employed by Kanawha County Schools for years, but the question is: How was he employed with the school system for so many years with a previous sex charge?

Johnson was arrested in April for sexual abuse charges. The female victim was only seven years old.

Johnson was sentenced by Judge Duke Bloom on Wednesday, but this isn't the first time Johnson's faced charges like this.

In court, Johnson confirmed he had charges from 1991 out of Kentucky. One charge of indecent exposure and one charge of sexual abuse.

Judge Bloom asked Johnson how he was able to get a job within the school system, to which Johnson said, "I don't know."

And when Bloom asked if Johnson told Kanawha County Schools about the Kentucky charges, Johnson said, "they do a background check."

Kanawha County Schools screens employees by doing state and federal background checks. However, that wasn't the case back in 1998 when Johnson was hired.

"In 1998, when we applied for a job and we did a background check at the state level, nothing came through," Dr. Ron Duerring, Kanawha County Schools superintendent, said. "It was around 2008 when we received a phone call or some kind of notification that there was an issue in Kentucky and we terminated him immediately."

Duerring said running both state and federal background checks helps make sure nothing similar to the incident with Johnson happens again.

Johnson was sentenced to five to 25 years in jail. When he is released, he will also serve 50 years of supervised release.




A former Kanawha County school custodian received the maximum sentence for sexual abuse.

John Johnson will spend five to 25 years in prison, followed by 50 years supervised release.

He was arrested in April.

Prosecutors said the female victim was seven years old when the abuse began.



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