Quincy man gets 18 years in prison in sexual assault of relative

Kevin G. Johnston (Submitted Photo)
Posted: Jan. 11, 2013 1:19 pm Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 2:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy man was sentenced to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on Friday after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a relative.

Kevin G. Johnston, 32, entered guilty pleas to two counts of criminal sexual assault of a family member under the age of 18, a Class 1 felony. Judge Scott Walden sentenced Johnston to nine years in the DOC on each count with the sentences to run consecutively. Once he has served his jail time, Johnston will be on mandatory supervised release for at least three years. He could be on mandatory supervised release for the rest of his life if the probation department finds it necessary to continue to monitor Johnston.

Johnston had two charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

According to First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha, Johnston took a family member to a Quincy motel on Sept. 24.

"(Johnston) had (the relative) smoke a white substance from a pipe," Farha said.

Farha said that Johnston had anal sex with the relative and forced the relative to perform oral sex on him.

"He knew he was planning on having some form of sex with (the relative) when he went to the hotel," Farha said.

Farha said that Johnston forced the relative to smoke crack cocaine.

Johnston's lawyer, Chief Public Defender Holly Henze, said that Johnston has a drug problem.

"He was on a cocaine binge for several days before the incident," Henze said.

The family member was not present for the sentencing and no impact statement was read. Johnston took full responsibility for his actions.

"That is not who I was. That is not who I am. That is not who I am going to be," Johnston said. "I deserve my sentence. I deserve to have to register (as a sex offender) and be in the system. Anything that happens here is just mercy."

Walden accepted the negotiated plea in the case. He ordered Johnston to undergo sex offender and substance abuse counseling while he is in prison.

"As horrific as these cases are, it's at least reassuring that he received a sentence that reflects the gravity of what he did and reflects the need to separate him from society for a long, long time," said Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard.

Johnston previously served time in the DOC on a 2005 burglary charge in Winnebago County. He received a four year sentence in that case. He has been lodged in the Adams County Jail since his Sept. 27 arrest in lieu of a $300,000 bond.