John Thomas Johnson has been convicted of aggravated sexual battery.
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Gwinnett man convicted of sexually assaulting woman while she slept

A Gwinnett County man has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman who was sick and sleeping in his home, the district attorney’s office said.

John Thomas Johnson, 63, was convicted of one count of aggravated sexual battery on Nov. 29 after a three-day trial.

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In May 2016, a female friend of Johnson’s son spent an afternoon at Johnson’s house, drinking with Johnson’s ex-wife. The woman eventually became physically ill and Johnson’s ex-wife guided the woman to a bedroom to sleep.

While the woman slept, Johnson went into the bedroom and began to touch her, the district attorney’s office said. Johnson then unzipped her pants and began to assault her, according to the DA’s office. The woman woke up and fought Johnson off, fleeing the home on foot and frantically texting a friend for help. The friend found the woman “distraught and wearing no shoes” nearby, the DA’s office said.

After being convicted, Johnson asked Judge George F. Hutchison III for “mercy,” the DA’s office said. Hutchison sentenced Johnson to 26 years in prison without the possibility of parole and lifetime probation. 

“Someone else would have looked at this young woman as deserving of protection, but you looked at this young woman as an opportunity, and that is a sad, pathetic thing,” Hutchison said during sentencing.

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