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Johnson sentenced on CSC conviction

IRON RIVER—An Iron River man convicted of first degree attempted criminal sexual conduct was sentenced to 23 months to five years in prison Monday in Iron County Trial Court.
    Dennis Alan Johnson, 56, was convicted Jan. 12 of criminal sexual conduct with the female victim, who was 12 years old at the time. As stated in previous court reports, the victim traveled with relatives from Wisconsin to Iron River, where the sexual contact took place.
    Johnson has been serving a one-year term at the Iron County Correctional Facility for previous convictions of attempted criminal sexual conduct with victims under the age of 13.
    Johnson was previously charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct from incidents involving three underage girls between 2006 and 2010. In December 2013, a trial ended with a hung jury on four counts and an acquittal on one count.
    Prior to a retrial on the four counts, Johnson pled guilty to three counts of attempted criminal sexual conduct in second degree.
    Iron County Judge C. Joseph Schwedler commented on Johnson’s past prior to issuing the sentence.
    “I believe, based on the history of the defendant, that we have reached the point that this is not about prison and rehabilitation. This is about keeping him away from kids.”
     When given a chance to address the court prior to sentencing, Johnson said, “I don’t remember any of this stuff, I honestly don’t.”
    Previously, Johnson had denied committing the offenses. He had not mentioned any lapse of memory before.