Juneau man enters guilty plea in sexual abuse of minors

Johnny Wilson will be sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 8 years suspended

Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2004

A Juneau man on Monday pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of minors and two other sex charges in exchange for reduced prison time. The crimes included sexual contact with minors as young as 10.

Johnny S. Wilson, 49, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual contact with minors, one count of attempted sexual assault in the second degree and one count of sexual assault in the second degree. All five counts involved different victims.

In exchange, Wilson will be sentenced to 20 years in prison, with eight years suspended. District Attorney Pat Gullufsen also agreed to drop two more cases against Wilson.

"He will be on probation for 10 years with the eight years hanging over him, which means if he commits crimes, he will need to serve those eight years," Gullufsen said.

"He will be on probation for 10 years with the eight years hanging over him, which means if he commits crimes, he will need to serve those eight years."

Pat Gullufsen

District attorney

Wilson was originally charged with eight sexual crimes, three of which were unclassified charges.

"He could get eight years for each of the three unclassified charges," said William Carey, Wilson's attorney. "But the charges were either dropped or reduced."

Carey said Wilson was willing to plead guilty for two reasons.

"He wanted to get out as soon as possible," Carey said. "And there are a lot of family dynamics and a sense of responsibility for what has taken place."

Court documents showed that Wilson had sexual contact in August with a 10-year-old girl. A 39-year-old woman said Wilson sexually assaulted her in March in Juneau. She said he also assaulted her in 1981 or 1982 in Pelican between her 16th and 17th birthdays. Another woman, now 26, reported Wilson had sexual contact with her between 1988 and 1989, when she was between 10 and 12 years old.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins is scheduled to sentence Wilson on Jan. 21.

• I-Chun Che can be reached at ichun.che@juneauempire.com.



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