CLINTON — A Clinton man has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison in connection with the sex abuse of a girl over a two-year period.

Ronald F. Johnson, 46, pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree sex abuse, a Class C felony, last month. On Thursday, he was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on each count.

Because the girl was 13 when the abuse began, that particular crime is a forcible felony and carries a mandatory prison sentence. Because of that fact, First Assistant Clinton County Attorney Ross Barlow asked the court to sentence Johnson to two consecutive terms, which Clinton County District Court Judge David Sivright agreed to do because the abuse happened repeatedly over a lengthy amount of time.

The police affidavit outlines numerous incidents of sexual contact between Johnson and the teenage girl. The victim indicated sexual contact occurred more than 100 times.

Police were notified of the alleged sexual abuse May 6, when a woman contacted police after allegedly witnessing sexual contact between Johnson and the victim.

On May 8, Johnson was interviewed by police and denied ever having sexual intercourse with the girl. However, he did admit to having sexual contact with her on multiple occasions, the affidavit said. He later pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree sex abuse as part of a plea agreement.

Under that agreement, Johnson must register as a sex offender, pay $3,000 in fines and will be under the supervision of the Department of Corrections for the rest of his life. A no-contact order also was put in place to keep Johnson away from the victim and her mother.

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