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Johnson convicted of attempted CSC

CRYSTAL FALLS—An Iron River man was convicted of attempted criminal sexual conduct in Iron County Trial Court on Jan. 12.
     Dennis Alan Johnson, 56, pleaded no contest to one felony count of attempted criminal sexual conduct. The no contest plea serves as a conviction by the court for sentencing but is not an admission of guilt.
    As part of the plea agreement, one felony count of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree was dismissed.
    Johnson’s sentencing is scheduled for March 2 at 9 a.m. He is currently housed at the Iron County Correctional Facility, serving a one-year term for previous convictions of attempted criminal sexual conduct.
    According to a report read by Iron County Judge C. Joseph Schwedler, Johnson had sexual relations with the female victim, who was 12 years old at the time of the incident. During that time, the victim traveled with relatives to visit Johnson in Iron River, where the sexual contact took place. The current case stems from a 2009 incident.
    Also on Jan. 12, several suspects from recent drug arrests also appeared in court. Corey Robert Knepp, 28, of Iron River intended to plead guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance heroin, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years, and one count of maintaining a drug house, a misdemeanor of high court, which carries a maximum penalty of two years.
    However, his pretrial conference was continued to Feb. 2 at 8:45 a.m. because it was not clear if he actually had control over the residence, as the second count claimed. Knepp admitted

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