Montecito Man Arrested for Child Molestation
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Pleads No Contest to Sex Abuse Charges
Friday, March 12, 2010
A Mountain Drive man pleaded no contest to crimes Friday morning that will put him in state prison for over two-and-a-half years and require him to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
He received three years in state prison for each count, to be served concurrently, and has to register as a sex offender. “His life is going to change dramatically,” prosecutor Ron Zonen said after Friday’s hearing. Zonen said he was content with the outcome and pleased the two young victims didn’t have to be in court for a trial or preliminary hearing.
If Johnson, 58 years old at the time of his arrest, had gone to trial and been convicted on the charges he was facing — two counts of continued abuse of a child — he could’ve received 10 years in prison. “He did the stand-up thing and acknowledged what he did,” Zonen said, noting that a lot of his neighbors, for a period of time, didn’t believe the two victims were telling the truth.
Indeed, the courtroom was fairly full with a group supporting Johnson. In the weeks following his arrest, many came to his support, saying they had known him for many years to be a respected man who they trusted with children.
Johnson left the courthouse out a back door, and his attorney Sam Eaton was not immediately available for comment. Johnson will be back in court June 2, when he will receive his sentence and be remanded into custody.
Child Molester Gets Three Years
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
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December 4, 2009 at 8:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)
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December 4, 2009 at 9:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I know Jeff Johnson, have worked with him and had him in my home. I have only ever seen an honest, gentle person of great integrity. It seems incomprehensible that he would ever harm a child. I am all for protecting innocent children, but lets wait for evidence before making assumptions of guilt.
December 4, 2009 at 11:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)
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December 4, 2009 at 3:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)
As for the amount of bail, he is a long-time local, a working man with deep roots in the community; he worked hard to help his neighbors on Mountain Drive during the recent fires. The bail amount is excessive.
Indeed, innocent until proven guilty
December 4, 2009 at 3:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I'm not saying this is the case with this man, but just as he's not guilty yet, his deep roots in the community don't really mean anything, I'm afraid.
We need to all realize that anyone can be capable of these types of crimes. There's no "Chester the Molester" look or personality type. That's the scary truth.
December 4, 2009 at 5:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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December 4, 2009 at 6:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I mentioned deep roots in the community only in the context of bail which is supposed to be set in consideration of flight risk. It's not supposed to be punitive, but to guarantee appearance at trial.
Indeed, I know that one never knows another and what another can do, but false accusations are certainly true.
December 4, 2009 at 7:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)
December 4, 2009 at 7:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I know Jeff to be an honest hard working man. He just happens to reside on Mountain Dr., one of the most coveted rural addresses in Santa Barbara, were neighbors know their neighbors, and assist one other in good and bad times, in short, a tight community. These people actually know one another.
I am appalled reading of the jealousness due to the address. This is not a good reason to raise bail.
December 4, 2009 at 9:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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December 5, 2009 at 4:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)
December 5, 2009 at 6:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I understand the seriousness of these allegations. And I also understand that some of the people that have posted to this discussion do not know Jeff and, therefore, could not possibly comment on the character of this man. For those persons, I can only ask them to let the process work and the truth will be revealed.
December 5, 2009 at 8:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)
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December 5, 2009 at 10:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)
As a plumber, he's had free access to many of our homes-- and has always been trusted around our kids. I can't be the only person who left him tinkering in my kitchen while my kids watched TV in the next room and I took a quick trip down to Vons! Anyone who knows Jeff would not hesitate to do this.
Despite all this trust and access, in nearly six decades, never has there been even a hint of an impropriety or misdeed before. To the contrary, he has earned the highest level of trust from all who know him.
What's wrong with this picture? Either a whole neighborhood has been completely snowed for half a century, or these allegations are false.
December 5, 2009 at 1:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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December 5, 2009 at 4:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Is it your position that ALL allegations of sexual abuse are true?
What if someone accused YOU of sexual abuse? Would you want your long-time friends to shrug and assume you'd done it, or would you want them to defend your character and trust years of firsthand experience?
If EVIDENCE is produced that proves these allegations, then I'll believe them. If not, they are just allegations.
Either way, the kids are victims here-- nobody is throwing them under the bus.
December 5, 2009 at 5:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)
One would wish for loyal friends if one should have the misfortune to face an insurmountable problem; such as this unfortunate man is doing at this moment. I doubt there is anyone here intending to negate the accusers, one only wishes to point out that certain remarks and comments have been at times tasteless,hasty, and leaning towards the opinion of guilt without evidence. In other words, one should not jump to conclusions and make assumptions.
December 5, 2009 at 6:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It is a very telling human reaction for someone to jump into the deep end of denial as they attempt to justify and sanitize their various associations with this guy.
For someone to be friends with an alleged criminal who has never exhibited any prior outward signs of his criminal behavior becomes simply too much for them as they cannot allow for their own potentially misguided judgment in character to somehow stain them by this association.
Hence, the frantic backpeddling.
Listen: I'm not certain what the exact percentage of all reported sexual abuse claims are proven to be false or erroneous, but any rational human being would assume it is in the decidedly smaller column by a ton.
Once prosecutors follow the smoke, the true nature of the cause will be revealed. Whatever it is, I hope that if there is proven criminal fire, all of you defending pre-apologists weigh in with the same fervor you are exhibiting here.
Ditto for the pre-convictors.
There is a high chance the truth will out in due course.
Let the scales of justice find their balance and if this guy did what he is alleged to do that he never again sees the free light of day.
December 6, 2009 at 10:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)
December 6, 2009 at 12:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)
you know VERY LITTLE about our legal system, not to mention the Bill of Rights. We are SUPPOSED TO PRESUME INNOCENCE, that is not denial, it is the judicial system we live with, and we have such a system because it is far worse to presume guilt. I have been a victim of child molestation, and believe in speaking out, but I am not unwise enough to presume the guilt of ANYONE!
December 6, 2009 at 12:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
December 6, 2009 at 12:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)
As I have said " In other words, one should not jump ( hastily) to conclusions and make assumptions............. .
December 6, 2009 at 1:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)
December 6, 2009 at 5:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)
So it is extremely relevant that Jeff, who is 58 and has spent decades in the community surrounded by kids, has never before been suspected or accused of anything.
People don't just wake up at 55 with a brand new deviant fetish for young girls. There being NO other alleged victims is food for thought where guilt or innocence are concerned.
Obviously child sexual abuse is a very serious crime and children need to be vigorously protected. On the other hand, false and defamatory allegations of abuse are also very serious, and innocent people being accused also need to be protected.
December 6, 2009 at 7:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It leads one to believe that this may be a matter of he said she said.
It will be important to see the actual nature of the evidence in this case. What for instance do these sisters' teachers say about their behavior? Do they reflect any of the established traits of the victimized? Who are the witnesses? How did such behavior continue over three years?
There is much to be learned, and the fact that our law idealizes innocence until proven guilty obviously doesn't extend that ideal to human nature.
What Draxor writes is far more revealing about Draxor than illuminating in this matter.
Unfortunately we live in a society that has become suspicious of any male who gives care to children. Any man who spends time alone with children is open to accusation. The police have an obligation to follow up any accusation.
Let us hope that clear evidence is at hand, and that a just and appropriate resolution is reached.
Once this process starts, it is hard to imagine any good ends.. One hopes that the same community rallies to the victims, and the accused at this time. It is a difficult time, with little likelihood of healing itself no matter how the case unfolds. I applaud the sober and slow to judge posting here.
December 7, 2009 at 10:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Sorry to "distress" you, jeffchemnick. Let us agree that your reading of previous posts has left you lacking in the areas of understanding & impartiality. I'm not trying this case, rookiebear, as my summation at the end of my post demonstrates. This is an opinion & reaction forum, not a court of law. If you cannot tell the difference, I suggest you visit our local courthouse for an afternoon tour.
I've already gone through this. I had an acquaintance who is now a registered sex offender for life because of an illegal indiscretion. In his case, I neither pre-defended him nor made any attempt to "cover my own ass" as to my apparent lack of associative character judgment. I confronted him as to the veracity of the accusations & knew immediately by his demeanor he was indeed guilty. The court system convicted him; he served his time.
Have you confronted your friend yet? I suggest you do so as soon as possible because you may be surprised to discover that the person you thought you knew is a stranger to you at his most secret core. By all means-stand by him. Because the judicial system provides for the presumption of innocence, it does not infer or confer or that he is innocent. Stand by him & if he is found guilty of these allegations, will you not then stand by the victims in condemning the actions of your friend? (I would point out that I added the word "alleged" in front of the word criminal or crime in my original post. You did all see that, right?)
And yes, people can just "wake up at 55" & perform heinous acts. Don't you read your local police blotters loaded with criminal rookies who, at some deviated stage of their late development, decided crime might provide some new & interesting career opportunities? History (and our prison system) is replete with such people who went on to illustrious criminal careers, many demonstrating rather inventive, if latent, talents for inhumanity to man. My guess is that "hencity" looks rather a lot like it as evidenced by the terse old yarn: "History repeats itself."
AZ2SB can apparently read more than a little better than some of you. I thank him for that. Truth often hurts. But as the old proverb states: "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their true names."
December 7, 2009 at 1:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)
"I confronted him as to the veracity of the accusations & knew immediately by his demeanor he was indeed guilty."
We're evaluating demeanor too-- but I guess that only works if you decide the person is guilty?
December 8, 2009 at 6 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It is obvious that you spent considerable time writing the above, and cleverly justifying your judgement of the rest of us. You assume too much in that regard. If you had read my post as well as you claim to have you would notice that I stand very strongly in favor of the girls protection and care, and that I do not claim to know what happened, or if my friend is guilty. You are a bit pompous, don't you think, to speak with so superior a voice when the truth is that NONE of us knows exactly what happened? You claim to 'know' by a persons 'demeanor' if they are guilty or not. What amazing and super-natural talents you possess. Bully for you, humility is not something you suffer from, nor are you troubled by waiting for the burden of evidence before knowing the truth. I have no need for your approval, nor am I concerned by what you think of those of us who voice concern for a friend. I am very grateful however, that neither those children who may have been victimized, nor Jeffery who may be innocent, will have to depend on your magical skills of observation to find justice.
December 8, 2009 at 6:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)
December 8, 2009 at 7:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)
First of all, to the charges of pomposity & magical powers: I am not God. Those qualities are best kept reserved for supreme objects of devotion by those who actually believe in such things as "divine" beings.
Your reading skills are obviously far more lacking than my own because you apparently missed the part wherein I stated my "magical" ability to discern the truth in a similar matter happened with ONE person---a singular acquaintance whose reaction to my pointed inquiry was unmistakable and who was subsequently found guilty by a court of law of indecency with a minor.
Magic? Well, okay, sure. If you insist.
I have to ask: Were you the model for that marble statue of a blindfolded woman who stands holding a balance scale? You must be because apparently you lack the ability to tell if someone, by an obvious reaction to a simple question, is being truthful or evasive.
People must take advantage of you and LWH16 all the time in such matters of common and logical adult discernment. Yup, you've no clue whatsoever as to how all those cookies escaped from the jar and are at a complete loss to ferret the source of those suspect crumbs clinging to the mouth of your denying child.
So you believe everyone tells the truth? How then do you reconcile the accusations of the girls then with your friend's deni-----wait, we don't know if he's actually denied the charges yet, do we. But don't allow that to stand between your suspect impartiality and your peremptory defense of him.
I've no need to "justify" my judgment of some of you as you've stated your own cases quite clearly. I merely attempt to point out the obvious to the oblivious.
That I express my opinions on this issue more cleverly than you do is no reason to veil your personal aspersions. Be clear and concise in your character accusations of my lacking in "patience & humility." Please. Apparently, you posses powers greater than I do in these matters. I am in awe.
So, let's agree to meet here in this forum of commentary as this case proceeds because I will indeed follow it along with the unfolding facts as they are revealed. (Not that you require my views as you have stated clearly that you care not at all about what I think, we can at least agree this point is mutual).
And thanks again to AZ2SB for summing it up perfectly: "magical detectives" are what matter here. They and a jury of peers (should it go that far) hold all the wands.
Bye for now; time to retreat back into my shiny little rub-a-dub lamp. :-)
December 9, 2009 at 11:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The more you respond, and the more verbose you are, tends to move you away from any objectivity with which you may have begun in this discussion.
You started out with your opinion, apparently to defend those fall on the "presumed-guilty" side of the argument:
"I find it ridiculous that these people who have come out defending this alleged abuser and molester vilify those who are presupposing his guilt in committing these heinous acts as they presuppose his innocence.
It is a very telling human reaction for someone to jump into the deep end of denial as they attempt to justify and sanitize their various associations with this guy."
Up to that point, I had not noticed anyone being "vilified", but given that I could understand that any of the "presumed-innocent" folks *might* have done so, I allow that it may have happened. However, in your zeal to "attack the attackers", so to speak--and, no doubt influenced by your own friendship with a child-molester--you have now slid into returning ad hominem attacks, after provoking the same.
I GET, what I think you originally intended--that it was ironic (not, "ridiculous") that the supporters of Mr. Johnson would berate those who would presume guilty, while they were presuming innocence. However, it *is* written, with that wording: Innocent, until proven guilty.
I myself tend to look at it more like a case of Shroedinger's Molester, where there exists both an innocent Mr. Johnson, as well as a guilty one--until such time one is unveiled unto the world. . . .
On a more personal level, I might imagine that you write out of less of any need to showcase your "magical powers", than to assuage your guilt, at having been originally duped into being friends with the one you found out to be a molester. Of course, that's just an opinion as well.
December 9, 2009 at 12:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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It must be SO difficult to communicate with your inferiors. Those dupes who believe in 'innocence' preceding 'proven guilt', trusting in the judicial system and not your intuitive skills. Ahhh, so tough to be you.
Reasonable, clever, superior you.
December 9, 2009 at 9:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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December 10, 2009 at 5:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I have no inkling of his guilt or innocence regarding the charges. It is difficult to imagine his guilt. He dated my Swiss exchange student sister when I first knew him (in high school). And I know from her stated feelings that he was charming and sweet to her. Perhaps this means nothing with the passage of time, but my hope would be to see that there is no rush to judgement.
If the charges prove true it is a devastating reality . . . the marring scars for victims of sexual molestation are usually worn far beyond the event. And those of us for whom Jeff has been a bright and productive member of our community will feel a friend is lost to incarceration.
If the accusations are false it is only slightly less horrific, as the court of societal opinion is often far less forgiving and less reasonable than the judicial process. Additionally, if the charges are found to be false the accusers typically will not be held accountable for the havoc and expense caused by whatever motivated their accusations. Either way this is a sad turn of events.
December 11, 2009 at 1:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Please--stay to your own side of the verbosity aisle while you smother us with sillyisms of, well, let's say while surely double-wide, decidedly of inferior substance.
I think you need to recalibrate that broken objectometer in your sweaty little hands because you're anything but. Or is that BUTT. Yes, as your moniker truthfully states. At least you're proving that part correct.
And little Rookie jumping on the siderailed bandwagon because he cannot come up with a coherent argument or point-of-view approximating a rebuttal to what I posted, so instead he stows away on an icebound ship run aground onto shallow shoals of sophomoronic logic. (to shamelessly mix my metaphors)
Apparently you two brainiacs cannot read very well. What is it with so many people who own computers yet completely lack reading and comprehension skills.
And yes, you horseass---I will meet "ad hom" with ad hom because I am in possession of a pair and am quite willing to use them when shunted brainstems such as yourself prod me into doing so. I'm yer huckleberry.
One thing is for certain---Horseass is no detective, magical or otherwise. His erroneous conclusion that my own experience with---and let me spell this slowly and carefully for you HA---an A-C-Q-U-A-I-N-T-A-N-C-E has somehow beclouded my otherwise impeccable powers of discernment ranks more than a wiggle on the Ass-o-Meter.
Now get thee hence to a school, any school, and look into a subject titled ENGLISH. That's a good business for you. Get back to us once you've completed the course.
See you all back here in the Council Of Presumptory Innocence once the charges have been proven, unproven, or lost in the laughscape of Latin.
December 14, 2009 at 11:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)
As one who loves to blather on when I am gripped by my reactive ego, even I am exhausted by your impressive skill at debate and find it soooooooo sad that trumping others' comments is what our "intelligence" is dominated by so often. Seems that our hearts and humanity enjoy going on vacation while our minds and mouths are working overtime
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March 12, 2010 at 11:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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I imagine he got the sentence for doing exactly as Zonen said, standing up and taking responsibility. A 3-year sentence with a lifetime label is no joke. AZ2SB asks, Where is the justice? Hard question with an answer generally left to religion. We call it a justice system when in fact it is a punitive system.
- AB in Santa Barbara
March 13, 2010 at 7:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)
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In general, the efficacy of a plea bargain is done to insure a swift resolution, and time served is frequently reduced from the mandated sentences. Avoiding the trauma of a trial seems worth a reduction in time served, and I bet the victims and family agree.
A tragedy all around; so many lives affected and ruined.
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I completely agree with "Binky" -- this is a tragedy all around and I would (reasonably) respectfully urge those who scream vengeance to quiet. I sometimes wonder whether those who are so angry and so vengeful against others have never themselves (or had those they've loved/cared for) ever made mistakes.
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March 13, 2010 at 1:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)
1 in 3 women report having been touched inappropriately before the age of 18. Experts believe the actual figures to be much higher.
This type of abuse is horrible, and very, very common.
This type of behavior in an adult is a type of mental illness.
We need to do a better job as a community of openly addressing this issue with both adults and children and we need to be proactive to prevent this type of abuse from happening again and again.
It is one thing say angry words about the crime and the criminal, but it is another to take action to try to prevent this from happening again.
Please consider what you can do, in your community, to bring this issue out into the light and to work to protect those around you.
March 13, 2010 at 2:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Those poor kids. Revictimized originally by this child molester, than over and over again by "family friends" who failed to believe them.
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March 13, 2010 at 5:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Anyone who advocates for violence is sick and needs help. santabarbarasand get some help now before you hurt yourself or others.
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March 14, 2010 at 9:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I don't condone sexual abuse of any kind, against man woman or child. A person's body is exclusively their domain and it must be respected; however I'm curious about the legal strategy that we're witnessing.
We don't know anything, recognize that first Az2Sb
The case will not go forward, we'll never know the facts. The prosecutor agreed to this sentence which leads me to think that while some abuse occurred, it was not as prolonged and pervasive as the press stated it.
Again, I'm not justifying Jeff's actions. They can't be condoned, but the law saw fit to sentence him as they did.
Jeff is a friend, and I will never know what actually happened, but he has my compassion as a human being with flaws (who of us doesn't have any?).
I value the fact that he has admitted his wrongdoing and spared all involved the pain and agony of trial. He will serve his sentence, hopefully receive counseling and must live the rest of his life with the public stigma of his actions.
It is my hope that the girls will receive the love and attention they need to flower into healthy young women.
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March 14, 2010 at 1:43 p.m.
People feel strongly about this subject. Your friend has shocked and surprised you, and you naturally feel sympathy for him. However, with respect we do have an idea what happened. If not,why the court appearances, the reports, and why are we here discussing the situation? Others however cannot be in your shoes and understand where your thoughts are coming from. Certainly we all have flaws, but "flaw" diminishes the serious and grave actions of this man, and the resulting hurt and pain of the girls and their family. You say, and I quote, "The prosecutor agreed to this sentence which leads me to think that while some abuse occurred, it was not as prolonged and pervasive as the press stated it." In your opinion how long would you assume abuse has to continue before it becomes unacceptable? One would assume one incident would suffice to bring in the authorities.
March 14, 2010 at 1:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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As for those who you feel "enable" the perp to continue committing crimes (for their bleeding heart), hurt them publicly by associating them to the Perp and the crime committed, with letter to News Agencies other than the Local Rag (L.A. News Press, SF News Press, NY Post), The local rag will pick up the story under the AP, and post without even proof reading the story. Start gathering names if the "Enabler's" hold a Public Office or Office of interest and oust them even before the next electon occurs.
Do NOT take any drastic steps against them or personally Physycally attack them. Remember, they have the power of their position to protect them, take that away and they loose their protection from prececution.
March 14, 2010 at 5:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)
you quoted me correctly, however i did not conclude that abuse is acceptable. i stated twice it isnt.
we agree on that point.
March 14, 2010 at 6:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Just last week some poor mexican got life for the same thing but with one kid....this perv did it to two kids and gets 3 years.
Racism in SB, especially at the prosecutors office is RAMPANT.....people of color....do not get busted in SB they will throw away the key.
Now, you nice white rich guys; and gals.....do what you want.
Or how about the black lady a few months ago that got 15 years for dui homicide while almost the same week another white lady from montecito got NO JAIL time for the same crime.
Look Out you Judges and Prosecutors.....when the revolution comes you will be the first in line for your just deserts.
Remember...God is watching and he will remember and he is going to mess you up when you try to enter the pearly gates. FAIL
March 15, 2010 at 7:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Now that Jeffery Johnson has been sentenced may we let the healing begin??? Please.
Let's wake up and stop the mean spirit of vengeance. Jeffery needs help just like anyone who has violated our shared human values of safety, caring and wellbeing of our children. Yes, he violated vulnerable girls and they will need a lot of healing, as will all parties involved. However, his crime doesn't negate the decent human attributes that this man possesses or those of German Acosta. They both got terribly and inappropriately carried away in their arousal and failed to draw the line. WHO among us is perfect??? We are so quick to completely demonize and consider people unredeemable for their sins. I bet that you are secretly ashamed of a thing or two that hasn't been printed on the front page for your family and all to see...
Remember, an eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind... revenge just perpetuates abuse and violence and does not heal it. Yes, he needs to do his time and take responsibility. However, as the victim of abuse myself, those little girls' healing will be better served to see and hear and get to process Jeffrey's remorse and humble pleas for amends rather than to spend their lifetimes in bitter hatred and disgust that is promoted by so many. The profound transformation of their healing that may be brought about by his sincere penance and their chance to grieve and rage with proper support over time would do so much more for the girls than hearing and reading in the news that he shot himself in the head or was violently abused and punished by vengeful vigilantes (as some suggest) whose only response to tragedy is creating more tragedy. Are we not capable of evolving?
White, black, brown, yellow or rainbow colored, west side, east side, or mountain drive (more down-home and humble than you may know) - Can we please STOP the battle by taking sides against our fellow SB homies - we're all in this together. Paz ~ Your Half Breed Hermana
March 15, 2010 at 11:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)
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March 15, 2010 at 12:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I agree with AZ---this scumbucket bastard should be locked away for life because we all know---say it with me in harmony, everybody---he'll do it again once he's out.
We have got to do something more permanent to sexual predators whose "little indiscretions" can kill. So many victims of these monsters cannot abide or endure their lifelong shame and often take their own lives. For others, it's a very difficult and pain-filled road to becoming whole again.
Molester Johnson will hopefully meet his namesake in prison who might well show him the unwanted "tenderness" he showed his victims.
Karma baby---it's a bitch with your name attached.
March 15, 2010 at 1:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I do not know the details of any of these cases, I wasn't there and have not read the police reports, but I appreciate the DA's willingness to choose to not subject the girls and the community to a trial. 3 years sentence to state prison and a permanent label is not getting off almost scott-free, as a prior commenter wrote.
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March 15, 2010 at 10:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)
As and ex-convict, you must certainly be aware that sex offenders are generally subjected to extreme physical and often sexual abuse in prison. This does not benefit anyone. Punishment does not heal a community. Hatred does not heal wounds. It is not at all clear in this dialog that anger is helping you, the victims, or anyone else.
It is too late to stop the abuse that has already happened. It is not too late to support the victims in this case, or any case like it. It is not too late to reach out in your community to bring this issue out into the light and to work to prevent further abuse. It is not to late to find better ways to protect children and women. Prevention is what is needed now, as always. Prison is for when it is already too late. What about right now? There are women and children being abused all around us in the community every day. Shouldn't we be focusing on how to protect them before it is too late?
March 17, 2010 at 6:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Clearly the work of protecting our daughters is essential and clearly it should begin at home. The awful truth appears to be children are most likely to be hurt by trusted close friends and relatives. Knowing this we have to start with early education. It is not easy. How do we explain to our toddlers ? What do we say ? If we say too much they could become paranoid, too little, vulnerable. Teen permissiveness is hard to confront also. It is an uphill struggle to keep vigilant and confront the power of the peers of one's own children. We did it in the 70"s and risked being hated for a while.
March 17, 2010 at 7:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)
March 17, 2010 at 12:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)
When you point out the positive aspects of a person that does this type of harm to an innocent, you DO perpetuate the abuse. When I hear that neighbors accused the little girls of falsifying their story, it hurts me because I know how it makes the victim feel small and uncared for. It should be so clear cut when a child says that someone has been sexually assualting them that who they tell should believe and act. Period. However, in this case we have people coming out to publicly support this scum that did this harm and that is so disgusting and insulting.
March 17, 2010 at 4:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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March 17, 2010 at 8:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)
All involved in this community have done much soul searching over this. Do I still love him??? I am so God Damned Pissed at him! Who is he? What happened to him in his life to do this??????
In the end I still am questioning. Jeff's Family, and there are many, embraced the Mother of the Children after the sentencing.
There are no winners here, only victims or survivors.
So what is learned????
I hope that we find the lesson and live by it.
March 19, 2010 at 1:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)
March 19, 2010 at 4:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)
There is no indication here that this is long-standing patterns but, according to the article, acts in November, 2009. Like PeekiePookie, I, too, was hoping against probability from actual charges being filed that the charges were false. I've known Jeffrey, I like Jeffrey --- I deplore these acts. I wish him, the children and all those touched by this case healing.
It's a bit fascinating that only the Indy has publicized the plea, but with just a paragraph in the hard copy, not the inflaming salacious details here --- and only the Indy ran that long piece recently by Roger Durling, dredging up his own childhood, his sexual abuse. I noted there that there were no comments allowed, no space for comments.
March 20, 2010 at 11:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)
March 21, 2010 at 3:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)
citti, my mom recently passed away and although it is a truth that I do not want to accept and have trouble accepting, it is a reality. Just as this guy is a pedophile... it cannot be changed, it is not our fault, but it is true and real and must be accepted.
March 22, 2010 at 7:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The comments below were generated from the story originally printed 06/09/10
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June 9, 2010 at 2:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)
We have mandatory minimum sentencing for drug posession that is significantly harsher than this. We need to realign our sentencing laws to actually reflect community values. Right now child molesters and rapists get out sooner than drug dealers.
This is not acceptable.
June 9, 2010 at 3:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The prosecutor for this case, told the Judge that Johnson's short sentence was "unfortunate". The victims were too young to testify in a trial. The same day as Johnson's sentencing, CA OK'd new Sex Bill : first offense Child Molesters go to prison FOR LIFE, NO PAROLE
.Johnson's 3 yr. sentence is unacceptable! This Sicko will be back on our streets soon.
June 9, 2010 at 6:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)
We told you, didn't we? If it quacks it's not an elephant.
It should be THIRTY to LIFE! Minimum.
Add 10 years in the electric chair for this dithering molester.
I'm with each of the previous posters in my disgust over such a slap on the wrist. Pathetic. I mean really.
His victims are remanded to a life sentence.
He should be, too. Twice over!
June 11, 2010 at 11:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)
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