A former long-time city of Statesboro employee pled guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of child molestation.
Harvey Wayne Johnson, 68, of Cleary Road, Brooklet, was charged in January with one count of aggravated child molestation, two counts of child molestation, three counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes, and four counts of sexual exploitation of children.
He was “alleged to have victimized a 13-year-old female unrelated to him” said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown in a statement released at the time of Johnson’s arrest.
Johnson entered a plea of guilty Wednesday to the charges of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, and sexual exploitation of children, according to court documents requested by the Statesboro Herald from Bulloch County Clerk of Courts Heather McNeal.
Johnson, who served as director of the city’s water and sewer department and was employed by the city for over 30 years, entered the plea agreement, signing the document that stated the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office recommends a sentence of 25 years to serve, followed by life on probation, for the aggravated child molestation charge. The document also stated the district attorney would recommend 19 years to serve, followed by a year’s probation for each count, for the charges of child molestation and sexual exploitation of children, to be served concurrently with the sentence for the aggravated child molestation charge.
According to the court document, Johnson could have been sentenced to a maximum of 210 years for all charges brought against him.
In exchange for the plea, the district attorney agreed to nolle prose, or not prosecute, the charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes, the document stated.
Johnson also agreed to forfeit his Fourth Amendment rights (regarding search and seizure), will report to probation, avoid alcohol and drugs; submit to testing; will not have contact with the victims or their families; will undergo evaluation and treatment; abide by a curfew and follow all mandates of being a convicted sex offender, including submitting to monitoring, after his release.
Bulloch County Superior Court Judge F. Gates Peed is expected to hand down a sentence at a yet undetermined date.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.