Johnsey had been charged with one count of rape and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, but the jury returned a guilty verdict on the lesser-included charge of sexual abuse in the rape count.
The victims in the case were 4 and 6 years old when they say Johnsey removed their clothes and touched them. Prosecutors also said one of the girls was penetrated, but the jury’s verdict shows they didn’t believe that happened.
Because the offense occurred in 2007, it falls under the previous state guidelines for the crime, making each count a Class C felony, punishable by a maximum of 10 years for each count.
Assistant District Attorneys Alana Sewell and Eric Hamilton tried the case for the state. Sewell said she was glad to get the conviction and was hoping for the maximum sentence in the case. She also said that because of the nature of the charges, Johnsey would have to register as a sex offender when he was released from prison.
Sewell said the case included a forensic interview from the children’s advocacy center in Bessemer as well as testimony from District Attorney investigator Jim Underwood, who originally handled the case in 2007.
Sentencing has been set for May 29 at 9 a.m.