SUGAR LAND (Covering Fort Bend News) – A Fort Bend County jury has convicted Sugar Land resident Anthony Autrie Johnson of the offenses of sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact.
Johnson elected to be sentenced by the jury, but when he failed to appear in court the following day, sentencing proceeded in his absence. On Aug. 2 the jury assessed 15 years in prison for sexual assault of a child and eight years for indecency with a child by sexual contact. Johnson was apprehended that same day. Judge Shoemake sentenced the defendant on Aug. 12, ordering that the sentences run consecutively. The case was investigated by Detective Michael Alexander with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Johnson was probation eligible.
Prosecutors Jessica Ramos and Tristyl McInnis represented the state in the trial before Presiding Judge Shoemake of the 434th District Court. Evidence revealed that the 39-year old defendant had known the child he abused for a number of years, and that she had trusted him. Her testimony revealed that Johnson also threatened to sexually abuse her younger sibling.
“We are going to protect the children of Fort Bend County. And those that prey upon them will know that we are serious,” said District Attorney Brian Middleton. “Whether it’s human trafficking, internet predators, or whatever type of child abuse; we will aggressively pursue these charges – and justice. It is our job, our duty, our cause. Our future demands nothing less.”