A Florida teenager was sentenced to life in prison for raping a 2-year-old girl
A Polk County judge imposed the sentence on 19-year-old Thomas James Johnson, who was 17 when the crime was committed. This means that Johnson did not face a mandatory life sentence after pleading guilty to committing a sexual offense to a child, but that the judge chose to sentence him as an adult.
Lakeland Ledger reported that Johnson was arrested just hours after calling the girl’s father to say she was injured and that he needed to go home. After the father called 911, Johnson told MPs that a hooded intruder dressed in all black came into the house while he slept.
Johnson said he chased the man out of the house, then realized that the baby – one of three who were left in his care that night – had been injured.
But the investigation soon turned toward Johnson. The sheriff led K-9 to a bloody sheet, which Johnson later admitted was hiding in the woods behind the house.
Johnson apologized to the girl’s family in court